Taggart to miss a further six weeks

Socceroos striker Adam Taggart will have to wait up to six more weeks to make his Fulham debut after undergoing groin surgery over the weekend.

The A-League Golden Boot winner, who made one appearance for the Cottagers in pre-season, hasn’t been able to make his competitive Fulham debut due to a lower abdominal problem. 

Fulham and Taggart decided surgery is the best option to overcome the issue, which initially was seen as minor. Taggart went under the knife on Saturday. 

It is now expected the recovery process will rule Taggart out of action for four to six weeks.

Taggart joined Fulham from Newcastle Jets on a three-year deal during the 2014 World Cup where he played two games, including starting against Spain.

The 21-year-old played a half for the Cottagers on July 19 in their 2-0 pre-season win over Crawley, but hasn’t been able to get on the park since.

Taggart had only earlier that week, on July 15, trained with his Fulham team-mates for the first time after a delayed break following his World Cup commitments.

Socceroo Mathew Leckie has also battled a niggling injury following a delayed return to training at his German club FC Ingolstadt due to his commitments in Brazil.

Fulham could use Taggart’s services after a horrid start to life in the Championship, having managed only one point and three goals in their opening five games to sit second last.