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Fulham lose skipper Hangeland for extended spell

Fulham have lost captain Brede Hangeland for six weeks.

Hangeland's "awkward" surgery to clear sciatic nerve trouble will keep him sidelined past the 10-week mark, according to Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen.

He said: "Brede is a bit of a disappointment to be honest, because we have looked at all medical strategies and it's a bit of an awkward one.

"He's seen another surgeon and a specialist and I think they have decided that they're going for the surgery, which will keep him out for at least six weeks.

"But on a positive note we know now, there's clarity.

"And the one thing that I want for such an important player for us, is that he can focus on the rehabilitation so when he comes back he will be like a new player for us."

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