Aleksandar Mitrovic stays a health doubt for the World Cup regardless of being named in Serbia’s 26-man squad, in accordance with Fulham head coach Marco Silva.
The prolific striker has 9 objectives in 12 Premier League matches for Fulham this season, however he missed final week’s 2-1 loss to Manchester City by means of damage.
That foot problem is anticipated to rule Mitrovic out of Sunday’s residence match in opposition to Manchester United, with that Fulham’s closing outing forward of the World Cup break.
Mitrovic was included in Dragan Stojkovic’s squad on Friday, however Silva revealed the 28-year-old nonetheless requires extra medical checks earlier than being cleared to participate in Qatar.
“What I can let you know is that it is going to be a choice made in all probability within the first days of subsequent week, between the [Serbia] medical workers and our medical workers,” Silva instructed reporters.
“That will assist determine what’s the greatest resolution for him, and for us as a membership as effectively as a result of he’s actually essential.
“I’m not the fitting particular person to say now whether or not he will probably be match or to not be there.
“What I do know proper now is that he wasn’t prepared for the final match and won’t be prepared for the subsequent one, sadly for us.
“What I can even let you know is that he can’t be harmed. He can’t be harmed for one thing that can come from the choice.”
The countdown is sort of over
Mitrovic has scored 50 objectives in 76 appearances for Fulham, together with eight in 5 in his nation’s profitable World Cup qualifying marketing campaign.
Asked what would occur if Fulham beneficial to Serbia that Mitrovic shouldn’t play, Silva stated: “We do not know what is going to occur.
“Mitro desires to be on the World Cup. He needed to be accessible for Sunday right here in opposition to Man United, and he needed to play in opposition to City.
“This is the factor, it’s not simply because he needed to be there. You have to attend for the choice from the medical workers. After, collectively, we’ll take a choice.”
Serbia are competing at their third World Cup as an impartial nation and are in Group G alongside Brazil, Cameroon and Switzerland.
Dusan Tadic will captain the aspect in Qatar, whereas the likes of Dusan Vlahovic, Luka Jovic and Sergej Milinkovic–Savic have additionally been included in Stojkovic’s squad.