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Wolf At Cottage Door But Granny Hodgson Is Tooled Up

Bobby Zamora is hoping to be well enough to take part in Fulham’s Europa League quarter-final first leg tie with Wolfsburg despite coming down with a heavy cold.

The Fulham talisman, who has scored 17 goals in all competitions this season, was sent home from training early, but it is expected the England hopeful will line-up for Fulham this evening.

Fulham’s heroics in their fairytale Europa League campaign has seen them knock out current Europa League holders and Ukrainian champions Shakhtar Donetsk, before dispatching the old lady of Italian football Juventus.

Tonight Fulham face current German champions Wolfsburg, in what could be another famous European night at Craven Cottage. Despite winning the Bundesliga last season, Wolfsburg currently sit ninth in their domestic league, and have no hope of retaining the title. However, unlike Fulham, who have lost their last three matches since their dispatching of Juventus, Wolfsburg did win their last league game, and so are entering proceedings in slightly better form than their West London opponents.

Whilst Fulham will be getting out the Strepsils and Nurofen in the hope Bobby Zamora will overcome a virus, Nicky Shorey and Stefano Okaka are both cup-tied for tonights clash, but Danny Murphy is available to resume European duties after being suspended for both matches with Juventus. Andrew Johnson and John Paintsil are both still missing through injury however.

Wolfsburg have concerns over the fitness of Marwin Hitz, Makoto Hasebe and Grafite, who have all been struck down with a virus in the build up to tonights game. Fulham will also hope Edin Dzeko is unavailable for the Germans this evening. The 24 year old Bosnian star, who injured his knee in training on Monday and has not trained since, is one of the most highly rated stikers in Europe. Last season, his 26 goals led Wolfsburg to the Bundesliga title. Despite Wolfsburg’s lowly league position this term, Dzeko has managed 22 goals in all competitions, and scored both Wolfsburg’s goals in their victory over Mainz at the weekend.

Hodgson told BBC Sport in his pre-match press conference:

“What I’ve learned about Wolfsburg I have only learned since we were drawn against them. But I know they are a good team, they score a lot of goals, they have good attacking players and they are hard-working and well-organised.

“We feel a sense of achievement and pride that we have overcome so many obstacles to get this far.

“Having overcome those obstacles, many of which were in the shape of very good teams, we have earned the right to believe in ourselves and to believe that, if luck continues to favour us, we can go even further.”

The game at Craven Cottage kicks off tonight at 20:05, and is live on ESPN.

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