Fulham ‘sweating’ over fitness of Aleksandar Mitrovic ahead of Newcastle United reunion
Aleksandar Mitrovic played a key role for Serbia recently, but the striker didn’t escape international duty unscathed.
Serbia were 2-0 winners over Norway on Tuesday night, during which Mitrovic grabbed the second goal and his 50th for his nation.
That feat has come in just 76 games for a striker who has 49 goals in his last 51 league games at club level.
That’s because Mitrovic was pictured wearing heavy strapping on his ankle following the clash with Norway.
Mitrovic reportedly suffered a ‘slight knock’ during the game with Sweden three days previous but was still able to bag himself a hat-trick against an Alexander Isak-less Swedish outfit.
Since departing Newcastle permanently in 2018, Mitrovic has become a cult-hero at Fulham and has been a revelation under Marco Silva, spearheading their promotion back to the Premier League last campaign.
When asked about leaving Newcastle in 2018, Mitrovic told BBC Sport: "It was really hard in Newcastle.”
"It was one city, one club. Everybody there was really crazy about Newcastle.
"Sometimes it is nice, but sometimes you want to be quiet and go out with your family. When you are not happy on the field, you just don't want to think about football, (you want to) have your space.
"In Newcastle, there is no chance."
In three appearances against Newcastle, Mitrovic is yet to score or be on the winning side against his former employers.