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Fulham's Brede Hangeland will be out for a further six weeks after undergoing surgery to clear up a sciatic nerve problem.

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Brede Hangeland: Out for six weeks after surgery on sciatic problem

Brede Hangeland: Out for six weeks after surgery on sciatic problem

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The influential defender has missed more than a month with nerve damage but now that an operation is required he will not be available until the New Year.

Fulham boss Rene Meulensteen 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."

Meulensteen is hoping Philippe Senderos will beat his thigh complaint in time to face Aston Villa in Sunday's Sky Live lunchtime clash.

"Phillipe gave a monstrous performance (against Tottenham), he had a bit of a thigh strain," he said.

"But the way he played himself through it was characteristic of the performance, and I paid him a big, big compliment about that. Darren Bent is not allowed to play because of the loan deal."

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