Cairney exit talk dismissed

28 January 2018 05:36:28 EST

Fulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has dismissed suggestions that midfielder Tom Cairney could be set to leave the Craven Cottage club.

The 27-year-old Scotland international has missed the last four games for the Cottagers, with some reports suggesting that he was left out of the squad who secured a 3-1 weekend win at Barnsley

I expect he will be available for our next game.

Slavisa Jokanovic

However, Jokanovic was quick to deny such speculation, insisting that Cairney was still being troubled by a knee injury.

He told reporters: "I don't have any information because I don't want to sell him. I expect him to be with us and I would be really surprised if he leaves.

"I spoke with him and he's unhappy with this situation he has with the knee. I tried to force him, but he wasn't available to work with us.

"I had planned to bring him on (from the) bench, but I expect he will be available for our next game."

Fulham have dropped just two points from their last seven Championship games to rise to sixth place in the table, as they aim to at least repeat their play-off place of last season.

Then they fell victim to Reading in the semi-finals, losing out 2-1 on aggregate to a Royals side who went on to be beaten by Huddersfield Town in the play-off final at Wembley.

The Cottagers can be backed at 4/6 to secure promotion this season, with Aston Villa priced at 11/10 and Bristol City 2500/1.

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