Wednesday 14 December 2011
Fulham will be without Mark Schwarzer for at least a month after the goalkeeper sustained a spinal injury during the 2-0 defeat by Swansea in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday.
The Australia international fell awkwardly during the second half at the Liberty Stadium jumping for a high ball alongside Swans striker Leroy Lita.
Schwarzer was cleared to contiunue in goal after receiving medical attention, conceding a late goal in injury time.
However, following an assessment by a specialist consultant, Fulham confirmed the 39-year-old had sustained a compression injury to his thoracic spine which will rule him out for four to six weeks.
"After speaking to the specialist, it was very clear I needed a rest," Schwarzer tweeted on Wednesday.
With Schwarzer unavaible over the Christmas and New Year period, Cottagers manager Martin Jol has recalled David Stockdale from his loan spell at Ipswich Town.
The 26-year-old has made eight Barclays Premier League appearances for Fulham since joining the club from Darlington in June 2008, earning an England squad call-up earlier this year after impressing Fabio Capello deputising for Schwarzer.
Philippines international Neil Etheridge will deputise for Schwarzer in Fulham's Europa League Group K match with Odense at Craven Cottage on Wednesday.