Fulham boss Marco Silva says Harry Wilson will recover in time to play in the World Cup after a knee injury rules the Wales star out of the start of the season and up to two months of action
- Fulham’s Harry Wilson sidelined for two months with knee injury
- Marco Silva believes the winger will recover in time to play at the World Cup
- Wales will play against England, the US and Iran in World Cup group matches in November
Fulham boss Marco Silva believes Wales winger Harry Wilson will recover from his injury in time to play at the World Cup in Qatar.
The 25-year-old suffered a knee problem after a collision during his team’s closed-door exhibition game against Aston Villa and will be sidelined for up to two months, with the World Cup starting on November 21.
Silva, whose side will host Liverpool in their first Premier League game since securing promotion on Saturday, said: “It’s difficult for us to give you a timeline as several things can happen.
“I said last week – I don’t have any more information now – but I said last week that the medical staff will have to give some reports. I know they haven’t now, but you can look into different situations.
Harry Wilson suffered a knee injury in Fulham’s closed-door friendly with Aston Villa
Marco Silva believes Wilson will recover in time to make the squad for the World Cup in Qatar
“Of course he will get some feedback from a specialist in this situation, but it won’t be really short, it will definitely be something in eight weeks, they say.
“If it decreases, that’s very good for us and we’ll see how long it can last.
“I don’t think (it will affect his World Cup hopes) because he really deserves to be there, he is very important to us, as you know.
“He’s a big piece for us, what he can give us in certain games, the profile he can give us, totally different things than the others.
“First of all, he is of course a big miss for us. I think you have to be positive (before) the World Cup. I think he can help us be there in the right conditions before the World Cup, but we’re not sure yet.”
Wilson should be a key part of Wales’ World Cup squad in Qatar if he can recover in time
Fulham could face two former players who both left the club as youngsters in Liverpool on Saturday, Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho.
Silva suggested that if he had joined the club a year earlier, Carvalho could still be a Fulham player.
“It’s hard to see them leave so early from here. We have to do our best to keep these kind of players here,” he said.
“If I had come here a year earlier, I think Fabio would have signed a new contract with us.
“It’s something from the past that we need to do differently in the future – to keep the talent. It’s a big step for the club and a key for us to do.
“We have to give them longer contracts and if we have to sell them, sell them for the right price.”