Jol - Murphy is key

Boss hopeful captain will be available to face Swansea

Danny Murphy: Injured an ankle against Liverpool and set for a fitness test

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Manager Martin Jol does not want to face the prospect of taking on Swansea without captain Danny Murphy.

The influential and experienced midfielder is a doubt for Saturday afternoon's trip to the Liberty Stadium after damaging an ankle in last Monday's win over former club Liverpool.

Murphy is set for a fitness test prior to kick-off and Jol is hoping for the best after admitting the 34-year-old is the key link between midfield and attack.

The Fulham boss said in the Daily Star: "The link-up play for us is Danny. He is always involved. He has got the confidence to get the ball up, which is important.

"I can't recall a lot of games without him, so I don't know. I think we played one game without him against a lesser team in Europe - against Runavik, maybe.

"To play without Danny in the league, I don't know. But Dickson Etuhu is getting better. In the last two or three games he was probably one of the best. As a squad, we have to deal with it and we will.

"I trust the players. Maybe our link-up play won't be 100 per cent, but we will have to play it forward earlier."

What will be the outcome in the match Swansea vs Fulham?

  • Swansea
  • Draw
  • Fulham