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Thursday 17 April 2014 13:45

Fulham will be without Lewis Holtby for the trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday (12.45pm), but otherwise have practically a full squad to choose from.

The on-loan German is ineligible to feature against his parent club, and although Felix Magath would rather have him available, he believes his squad has enough strength in depth to deal with the situation.

“Unfortunately he cannot join us on Saturday so we have to go into the game without him,” he stated during Thursday’s press conference. “I think we are now confident enough to handle that.”

Kostas Mitroglou remains sidelined but Magath insisted the Greece international will not be rushed back as he continues his recovery.

“We have no [new] injury problems at the moment,” he said. “Kostas is still out so not much has changed for the weekend.

“He wanted to play but unfortunately he had his injury three or four weeks ago and we have to manage the situation, that’s normal. You have games where you miss some important players and so we have to handle that as well.

“At the moment we are doing quite well so it’s not necessary to push Kostas to come back at once. We're taking care with him and maybe we need him in the next game or the last two games, I don’t know.”

For Spurs, former Fulham favourite Mousa Dembélé could return from the injury that’s ruled him out of their last two matches, after he completed 90 minutes for their Under-21 side on Monday.

“I think it’s a good game in prospect because both teams have to win,” Dembélé told Tottenham's official website. “We always want to win, of course, but it’s a massive game for them as well so we know it’s not going to be easy.” 

Spurs do have a fairly lengthy injury list for the game, though, with Roberto Soldado, Erik Lamela, Jan Vertonghen, Etienne Capoue, Kyle Walker and Michael Dawson all missing out.

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