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The captain was substituted with blurred vision against Chelsea, with his side going on to lose 3-1, and the manager is keen to have "the heart of the team" available again

Fulham manager Felix Magath hopes to have captain Brede Hangeland back quickly after he was substituted with blurred vision against Chelsea.

The centre-back clashed heads with team-mate Kieran Richardson midway through the first half at Craven Cottage and the new boss is convinced that his side would not have lost 3-1 had he remained on the pitch.

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Fulham travel to relegation rivals Cardiff City on March 8, with both sides desperate for three points to avoid being cut adrift at the bottom to the table, and Magath remains hopeful that the 32-year-old will make a swift return to training so that he can lead the team in one of their most important games of the campaign.

"It was a big problem our captain was injured and wasn't there in the second half," the German told reporters.

"I don't know how Brede is. I hope he will come back and join us next week.

"I don't think we would have made such mistakes with Brede. He is the heart of the team and it was under control with him.

"He is a very important player for us. He is going to hospital so we have to wait. We hope he will be back next week to stabilise us."

Magath was also critical of Fulham's defending in the defeat on Saturday and vowed to put his players through more training drills to ensure that errors were not repeated.

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