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Toffees clash too soon for Mawson and Ayite

12th April 2019, 07:24 by Craig Smithson

Fulham are again set to be without Alfie Mawson and Floyd Ayite for Saturday's visit of Everton but they are closing in on a return.

Central defender Mawson, who has been ruled out since late December with a knee injury, has been playing in some Under-23 matches of late so caretaker boss Scott Parker expects him to be fit for a Premier League return before the end of the season.

Winger Ayite is also working his way back from an injury and is now back in training with the first team, but Parker revealed that Lazar Markovic is still struggling with a calf problem which could see him miss the rest of the season.

Marcus Bettinelli is still sidelined because of a long-term knee injury.

Fulham's relegation was confirmed after a 4-1 defeat at Watford this month and the Cottagers welcome Everton having lost nine-straight games.

They are closing in on equalling a club record of 11 consecutive defeats, set in 1961-62, but Parker insists they still have fight left.

"The dust has settled a little bit after what was an emotional night at Watford," he told a press conference.

"As much as we are disappointed with the season, we move on. We have five games left and we have half an eye on next season.

"I can categorically say I see a real hunger and desire with these boys. I can't brand one of the players with a lack of that. I wouldn't accept that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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