Martin Jol is without Ashkan Dejagah, Maarten Stekelenburg, Matthew Briggs and Aaron Hughes once again. Scott Parker has failed to recover from the knock that forced him off against Cardiff - Giorgos Karagounis could partner Steve Sidwell in the centre of the park. Bryan Ruiz and Adel Taarabt are pushing for starts after both climbed off the bench against the Bluebirds, with the former’s chances looking stronger after he grabbed the Cottagers’ consolation.
Mark Hughes has confirmed Jon Walters is a real doubt for the trip to Fulham, while Matt Etherington will be assessed after sustaining whiplash in a car crash last week. Walters’ potential absence could see Jermaine Pennant handed a rare start for the Potters, though Marko Arnautovic could move over to the right and allow Oussama Assaidi a chance on the opposite flank. Stephen Ireland is pushing for a first league start with Charlie Adam under threat and Peter Crouch could also come into the reckoning for a recall, with Hughes admitting that he may ring the changes after a disappointing display against Norwich.