Fulham midfielder Tom Cairney is expected to be out of action “for a few weeks” after suffering a foot injury in the victory over Burnley.
The Scotland international was a key figure in Fulham’s promotion from the Championship last term and he was linked with a host of Premier League clubs.
However, he opted for a stay at Craven Cottage and is hoping to play a crucial role in their bid to beat the drop in 2018-19.
Cairney helped Fulham, who are priced at 4.33 to be relegated, to claim their first win of the campaign last weekend as they saw off Burnley 4-2 in West London, but it came at a price.
The midfielder sustained a foot injury in the closing stages of the clash and he is now set for a spell in the treatment room.
His injury, which is expected to keep him sidelined for several weeks, has also forced Cairney to withdraw from duty with Scotland over the upcoming international break.
Jokanovic is preparing his troops for Saturday’s trip to Brighton and admitted the loss of Cairney is a big blow to his plans.
“He (Cairney) has a foot injury and we still need to assess him but it is our expectation that he will be unavailable for a few weeks,” Jokanovic told reporters.
“We must assess him, he is going to be out for a few weeks. Yes, this is a big loss for us.”