New Fulham boss Felix Magath has dropped £12million striker Kostas Mitroglou for Saturday's west London derby against Chelsea.

Mitroglou made his debut in last weekend's 1-1 Barclays Premier League draw at West Brom, but will not participate when Jose Mourinho's side visit Craven Cottage.

Magath insists the Greece forward, a deadline-day signing bought to fill the void created by Dimitar Berbatov's departure, is not yet ready for the demands of English football.

'Kostas is a very dangerous striker, but in this league you have to be fit if you are to be ready to score,' Magath said.

'Next weekend (against Cardiff on March 8) I'm convinced that he will be back in the squad.'

Magath is hoping to capitalise on Chelsea's Champions League fatigue when Fulham attempt to climb off the foot of the table by defeating the Premier League leaders.

The Blues were held to 1-1 draw against Galatasaray in Istanbul on Wednesday night and Magath insists they will have been drained by the travel.