Martin Jol is delighted by the way Dimitar Berbatov has started life at Fulham - but will have to do without the striker against Manchester City.
The Bulgarian represents a coup for the Whites, who saw off competition from Serie A giants Juventus and Fiorentina to sign him on transfer-deadline day. Berbatov has shone in his first two-and-a-half appearances for Fulham and netted twice as they saw off West Brom 3-0 in their last home game.
"I was very pleased [with his impact] because we were worried because we lost our quality in midfield and that was probably our biggest quality," Fulham manager Jol said, referring to the recent departures of Clint Dempsey and Mousa Dembele.
"We had one that scored the goals and one that was good on the ball and then he came and he almost filled two positions in one.
"He was a number nine but he played in a number 10 role so for us it was quite good that he was there, but he is injured now and can't play so that is a big disappointing thing. He will be out for the next two weeks."
Berbatov will not be the only player to miss the game, with Kieran Richardson, Ashkan Dejagah and Philippe Senderos all not quite ready to feature after injury.
Mahamadou Diarra is another out of the reckoning for the Cottagers but there has been some good news on his fitness this week.
It had been feared the Malian could be ruled out for the majority of the season but surgery shows an injury to his left knee is not as bad as it was feared. Despite good news on the Diarra front, Jol admits he is planning to bring in a free agent this week to bolster his midfield.
Owen Hargreaves and Nigel Reo-Coker are amongst those to have been linked to Fulham but the Dutchman swiftly ruled them out, revealing instead the player he plans to sign is a defensive midfielder from overseas.
"We are trying to do something in the next couple of days but not with the players you mentioned," he said. "It will be a central midfielder. We have to go abroad and we have to test him to see of if he is 100% fit and we will talk to him. We hope to get it done next week."