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Jol has no Zamora issues

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Zamora will be back for Odense. (©GettyImages)
Zamora will be back for Odense. (©GettyImages).

Fulham manager Martin Jol has moved to calm suggestions that he has fallen out with star striker Bobby Zamora.

The Cottagers hitman was not named in the 18-man squad for Saturday's defeat to Swansea at the Liberty Stadium, which came as a somewhat surprising omission.

Speculation has since been rife that Jol and Zamora have had a difference of opinion, and that the latter is keen to force a move away from Craven Cottage.

Jol, though, denies that is the case and has explained the reason to leave out Zamora as merely squad rotation, with this week's Europa League in mind.

"I made the decision on Thursday to play Andrew Johnson because he works hard in training," said the Fulham boss.

"The 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 game (against Odense) 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."

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