Why Fulham new boys can’t play against Sunderland in FA Cup replay as Leeds United await the winner

A look ahead to Fulham’s trip to the Sunderland as they eye FA Cup success

Fulham’s deadline day signings Sasa Lukic and Cedric Soares are ineligible for tomorrow night’s FA Cup replay against Sunderland. The pair can’t play against the Black Cats as they weren’t registered for the original tie at Craven Cottage.

They will be able to play later on in the compeititon if the Cottagers can win at the Stadium of Light. A home clash against Leeds United in the fifth round awaits the winner.

Fulham signed Lukic from Torino to add more competition and depth to their options in midfield. He is international teammates with Aleksandar Mitrovic and the duo were at the World Cup together earlier this winter with the Serbia squad.

He will face a battle to get into Marco Silva’s starting XI with Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed in top form. His arrival paved the way for Nathaniel Chalobah and Josh Onomah to leave for West Brom and Preston North End respectively on deadline day.

Cedric was brought in on loan from Arsenal and will compete with Kenny Tete for a place at right-back. He made four appearances for the Gunners during the first-half of this season and will be hoping for more game time at Craven Cottage.

In other news, Fulham will be without boss Silva on the touchline tomorrow evening as he has picked up a one-match suspension. He has admitted he needs to improve his behaviour and has said, as per the Independent: “Of course I have to improve myself. Even if sometimes it is not fair, and in the last game it clearly was not.”

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