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Martin Jol is set to be without keeper Martin Stekelenburg following the Dutchman's shoulder injury sustained at the Stadium of Light on the opening day. His place will likely go to David Stockdale whilst, in front of him, Jol will also be forced into a change at left-back with Kieran Richardson missing out with a hamstring injury, also sustained in the win at Sunderland: Matthew Briggs is set to come in with John Arne Riise currently out of favour. There could be changes further forward, with Scott Parker available for a debut in midfield. Out wide, Pajtim Kasami will be hoping to retain his start following his winning header last weekend, although he could come under threat with Bryan Ruiz likely to earn a recall after he was rested due to international exertions.
Laurent Koscielny is suspended for the trip to Fulham after receiving two yellow cards in last week’s home defeat at the hands of Aston Villa. With Thomas Vermaelen still injured, Bacary Sagna could partner Per Mertesacker in the heart of defence, allowing Carl Jenkinson to fill in at right-back.