Fulham midfielder Ruiz out for another 4 weeks

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LONDON (AP) -- Fulham will be without Bryan Ruiz for at least four weeks after the Costa Rica midfielder aggravated his already injured hamstring.

Fulham manager Martin Jol says "he was in the final stage of his rehabilitation and he aggravated his hamstring muscle again."

Ruiz, who was signed from FC Twente, will be sent to Germany to see a specialist.

Jol says "hopefully he will be fine but, of course, it's a big disappointment because Bryan is a vital player for us."

Fulham haven't scored and have lost twice in the three games Ruiz has missed. He had been slated to play on Monday when Fulham hosts Newcastle.

Ruiz, however, should be ready for Costa Rica's World Cup qualifiers in February.