Fulham manager Martin Jol bemoans Brede Hangeland's absence due to suspension
Hangeland will be joined on the sidelines by a number of other key players
Thursday 22 November 2012
Fulham manager Martin Jol still believes Brede Hangeland's sending off last weekend was harsh and knows his absence will make things difficult in Saturday's physical duel with Stoke.
The Norway international was sent off after 31 minutes against Sunderland for a two-footed challenge on Lee Cattermole when the game was goalless.
Fulham went onto lose the match 3-1 and will be hoping for a return to winning ways when they travel to Stoke this weekend.
The Cottagers are unbeaten in their last four away matches, but Jol knows it will be tough to take anything away from the Britannia Stadium without their captain.
"We have not appealed the decision," he said.
"I felt it was very harsh, but there is always a risk and I didn't want to take that risk.
"If you appeal, they can make it four games instead of three but I still think it was harsh.
"If you saw the Emmanuel Adebayor's challenge [against Arsenal], it was different and you can't compare the two challenges so I think three games is too much.
"We have to cope with it. We have to come up with different solutions.
"We don't have another Hangeland. We have Philippe Senderos and hopefully, if he is still fit, he will come in and replace him.
"Hopefully Aaron Hughes and the players we have got are strong enough because I saw them against West Ham. It is quite a challenge."
Hangeland will be joined on the sidelines by a number of other key players for trip to the Potteries.
Alex Kacaniklic, Bryan Ruiz, Kieran Richardson and Mickael Tavares are all out with hamstring injuries, while Simon Davies will not return to training after a hip complaint until next week.
Mahamadou Diarra and Chris Baird both return for Fulham, although Kerim Frei is unavailable after a loan spell with Cardiff.
Today is the last day Football League clubs can make loan acquisitions and there has been movement at the west London club.
Goalkeeper David Stockdale and striker Marcello Trotta have joined Hull and Brentford respectively, while Alex Smith is expected to join Leyton Orient later this afternoon.
"We've got a good connection with Hull," Jol said.
"I know Steve Bruce and if something happens to Mark Schwarzer I can always call him back.
"That is the agreement so there is no problem. He was desperate for games and I think he needs to play and keep his rhythm.
"Trotta had different plans. He didn't want to go to the lower leagues before so we talked to him and I think understands that it is a nice opportunity for him to get games and to play because is a very young player."
Latest in Sport
Arsenal transfer news: Arsene Wenger set to cancel moves for Sami Khedira and Morgan Schneiderlin in favour of Jack Wilshere - reports
Cristiano Ronaldo could return against Manchester United - but it won't be like previous reunions
Calum Chambers joins Arsenal: New £16m signing put through Arsenal initiation as he sings The Kooks in front of team-mates
Manchester United transfer news: Mats Hummels, Daley Blind and Thomas Vermaelen on radar as Louis van Gaal reveals he still wants to sign defender
Seydou Keita refuses Pepe handshake before throwing water bottle prior to Roma vs Real Madrid match
- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
- 4 Zayn Malik on Israel-Gaza: One Direction singer bombarded with Twitter death threats after posting #FreePalestine
- 5 'Hello mum, this is going to be hard for you to read ...'
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
A day in the life of Vladimir Putin: The dictator in his labyrinth
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'