Key injuries to Fulham leave Jol in a jam
Monday 31 December 2012
Martin Jol admitted he can do little to shake up a Fulham squad in freefall ahead of Tuesday's trip to West Bromwich Albion. Jol returns to the club where he once starred as a player in the midst of the worst run 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.
"We have to pick ourselves up and there'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. "And that means that a lot of players in my team have to play again and they've played a lot of games. There's a little bit of tiredness."
Jol made 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 goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer. The loss of Schwarzer was particularly felt, with his understudy David Stockdale at fault for both of the visitors' goals.
Kick-off 12.45pm Referee M Dean (Wirral) TV Sky Sports 1 (Highlights 10.25pm, BBC 1).
Odds: WBA Evens Draw 12-5 Fulham 11-4
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