Ranieri remains positive ahead of Brighton test
Fulham boss Claudio Ranieri says the visit of Brighton on Tuesday is a "crucial" fixture for his relegation-threatened side.
The Cottagers are 19th in the Premier League table and seven points adrift of safety ahead of the Seagulls' visit.
"Tomorrow is crucial for us. We have to win and we have to make the maximum effort to win the match," Ranieri told reporters.
"Look, I am a positive man. I know it's a hard job, but it was hard when I came and it's hard now.
"We have to try to fight until the end. In this moment, we are relegated [with our position in the table], but it's not possible to get worse than this. We can only improve. And I believe we will improve."
Fulham have no fresh injury or suspension concerns but Alfie Mawson remains sidelined and Aboubakar Kamara has been suspended indefinitely by the club, although Ranieri has suggested the striker could be recalled at some point after the club has carried out an investigation into an incident at the training ground.
Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa has returned to training after injury but Tuesday's fixture comes too soon for the Cameroonian midfielder.
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