Crewe Alexandra boss Steve Davis hopes to welcome back Fulham goalkeeper Neil Etheridge.

Etheridge has returned to parent club Fulham for treatment after suffering a tear in a quad muscle when kicking the ball in the last minute of Crewe's 1-0 win over Crawley Town.

Davis told The Sentinel: "Neil has gone back to Fulham and we are hoping he will get back just prior to the end of his loan period, maybe for the last game.

"I've had contact with his goalkeeping coach at Fulham and we'll also try to speak to Neil to see how he's progressing.

"He has one-to-one physiotherapy down there which should speed up his recovery.

"We're hoping he can get back before the loan finishes, and we'll review it going into January."

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