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Walters' A Doubt

Striker Jonathan Walters celebrates scoring a goal

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10:38 4th October 2013

Forward could miss first top-flight game since 2011

JONATHAN WALTERS’ hopes of prolonging his record run of 95 consecutive Premier League starts is hanging in the balance ahead of Saturday’s encounter against Fulham.

The Republic of Ireland international, who has started every top-flight game since February 2011, is Mark Hughes’ only real doubt for the fixture after suffering a groin injury during last Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at home to Norwich.

The City boss failed to reveal Walters’ chances of featuring at Craven Cottage tomorrow, only confirming the news that he is suffering from a knock he picked up against the Canaries.

“There are one or two lads with a few bumps and bruises, but nothing that should stop any of them featuring on Saturday,” the Welshman said at the pre-match press conference.

“The only real problem for us at the moment is Jon Walters, who is still struggling with the injury that he picked up at the weekend.

“I’m not sure whether he will be available or not. It is one where we will have to take a look at him over the next 24 hours and then make a decision.”

Should he fail to overcome the injury then it would represent a bitter blow to the forward, who would have moved to within four matches of reaching 100 consecutive starts – a run that began against Birmingham City in February 2011.

His current 95-game run is the longest sequence of consecutive starts for an outfield player in the Premier League. 

However, even if he is deemed fit to start, he is still a large number of matches away from the all-time record of 165, which was set by Chelsea and England midfielder Frank Lampard several seasons ago.

Hughes also confirmed that he might be inclined to make one or two changes to his side in the aftermath of last weekend’s disappointing home defeat.

The likes of Peter Crouch, Stephen Ireland and Jermaine Pennant are all pressing for starts, whilst on loan winger Oussama Assaidi will be hoping to feature in a top-flight game for the first time this season.

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