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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Jol down to bare bones with Cottagers in freefall

Ben Rumsby

Published 01/01/2013 | 12:24

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MARTIN JOL has admitted he can do little to shake up a Fulham squad in freefall ahead of today’s trip to West Brom.

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Jol takes takes the Cottagers to the club where he once starred as a player in the middle of one of the worst runs of his managerial career.

But his hopes of turning around a sequence of one win from 12 are being constrained by injuries to key men, leaving him without a great deal of room for manoeuvre.

“It’s not a situation where we can change the team in five or six positions,” said Jol, whose side have dropped to within four points of the relegation zone. “That means that a lot of players in my team have to play again. There's a little bit of tiredness.” Jol did make six changes for Saturday's defeat to Swansea but one of those was bringing back the fit-again Bryan Ruiz and another was forced by an injury to ’keeper Mark Schwarzer.

The loss of Schwarzer was particularly calamitous, with errors from understudy David Stockdale effectively sealing his side's fate.

Jol was hopeful Schwarzer would recover from a neck injury in time to face the Baggies but was less certain on the fitness of Damien Duff, who’s been missed badly over the festive period.



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