Legwinski hopeful

Monday 14 January 2002

Sylvain Legwinski could still face Wycombe in the FA Cup replay on Tuesday, despite limping out of Saturday's 2-1 win over Middlesbrough.

The midfielder was replaced by Louis Saha ten minutes before half-time against Boro, after picking up a leg injury. The injury was a blessing in disguise for The Cottagers, as Saha scored six minutes later to inspire his side to a victory that has lifted Fulham into ninth position in the table.

Fulham take on last year's FA Cup giant-killers Wycombe Wanderers in the Cup replay on Tuesday evening and assistant boss Christian Damiano was cautious about the Frenchman's chances of making the starting 11.

He said: "He (Legwinski) got a kick on his thigh and at the moment there's only bad bruising and he will have treatment on Sunday.

"But it's too early to say whether he can play against Wycombe."

The Cottagers were only three minutes from crashing out of the FA Cup last Tuesday, until Steve Marlet's header levelled the tie and ensured that Wycombe would have to travel to Craven Cottage. Despite The Chairboys' heroics, Damiano feels Fulham should make it through to the fourth round.

He added: "If the team shows the same hunger and application then we should be all right."

Fulham will face a trip to either York or Grimsby if they beat Wycombe on Tuesday evening.