Ahead of Wednesday evening’s clash with Odense BK in the Europa League, Fulham boss Martin Jol has denied that he has fallen out with striker Bobby Zamora as Paddy Power announce a free bet offer to use for betting on the game.
Zamora was left out of the squad for Fulham’s Premier League clash with Swansea City at the weekend, a decision that left many wondering if there had been a difference of opinion between the two.
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However, ahead of Wednesday’s game – a very important one for Fulham in the Europa League – Jol has played down the speculation of Zamora being unhappy.
He said: “I made the decision on Thursday to play Andrew Johnson because he works hard in training. he last couple of weeks we played with Moussa Dembele and Bobby up front and I thought the time was there to play Andrew Johnson again.”
“I don’t have any problem with any player. The only thing I want is for them to give 100 per cent to the club and then there is no problem.”
“I need all my players. We have another important on Wednesday and Bryan Ruiz can’t play in Europe, we have a few little injuries so I need all my players.”
“He (Zamora) is probably not the player who is the best substitute so I thought it was better to wait for next week and important games coming up. He wants to play for this club.”
So it certainly seems likely that the England man will come back in for Wednesday’s crunch clash with Odense BK.
As for the situation Fulham find themselves in going into this final group game of the Europa League, they know that three points will be enough to see them progress to the next round.
Putting it another way, as long as they equal or better Wisla Krakow’s result against group leaders FC Twente, they will finish in second and qualify for the next round.
All eyes will perhaps be on Zamora from 8.05pm on Wednesday evening, but this is a big game for the whole club as they look to progress in the Europa League.