Jol's Duff Hope

Monday 31 December 2012 09:53

Martin Jol is hopeful he will have two of his most experienced squad members back at his disposal for our New Year’s Day clash with West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns (12.45pm).

Mark Schwarzer sat out Saturday’s defeat by Swansea City, while Damien Duff has missed our last three matches.

“I feel that Mark could be back for the game against West Bromwich,” Jol said. “And I hope that Duff will come back too.

“Ashkan Dejagah has been in and out. He was good; we tried to build him up and he showed some very good signs of being a very good player, but he had to play all these games for the first time almost.

“He didn’t play all the games at VfL Wolfsburg so hopefully Damien will be back to unload him a bit because there are a few players who have had to play all the games and this is not what you want.

“If Mladen Petrić had been fit then I probably could have played with him in the second half [against Swansea]. Now I have to play with the same players all the time.”

Another man who has been missing in action for some time is Mahamadou Diarra, who has not pulled on a Fulham shirt since 1st December.

“I played Diarra when he was 50 per cent because he’s an old war horse,” Jol explained. “But now he wants to get back to his full fitness and I feel that he’s very close.”

After a difficult couple of months for his side, Jol will be keen for the Whites to kick-start their season in the Barclays Premier League’s first match of 2013.

“Swansea was probably our best performance over the last couple of months,” our Manager said. “But we have to pick ourselves up.

“There is not a situation that we can change the Team in five or six positions so a lot of players in my Team have to play again and that means they’ve had played a lot of games.”