Fulham forward Ruiz out for a month

Fulham striker Bryan Ruiz is expected to be out for the rest of the calendar year with a hamstring injury, ESPN reports.

The Cottagers manager Martin Jol explained that Ruiz has suffered a setback in recovery from the injury, believed to have been sustained whilst representing Costa Rica over three weeks ago. He was expected to return against Newcastle on Monday but it now appears that the 27-year-old will have to wait until after the Christmas period, with the striker believed to be in need of another month on the treatment table.

He came back on Monday, then he had a setback and he will be out for at least four week,” said Jol. “It is the same injury. He was in the final stage of rehabilitation and he aggravated him hamstring muscle again. He has had intensive screening and that highlighted some problem.

Ruiz, who joined from FC Twente at the start of the 2011/12 season, has two goals this season from nine appearances, and was expected to provide support to new signings Dimitar Bebatov and Mladin Petric. Fulham currently sit 13th in the league and have failed to win in their last seven Premier League matches.

Jol believes Ruiz played a crucial part in Fulham’s impressive early start and is keen to see him return. “Bryan was a vital player for us and every time he played, like against Arsenal, Southampton and Wigan, he was quite important, but we’ve got other players,” Jol said.

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