Jol: I’ve not had a bad gobby with Bobby
FULHAM v ODENSE Tonight – Kick-off 8.05pm
MARTIN JOL insists he has had no bust-up with Bobby Zamora as Fulham prepare to meet their Europa League destiny.
England forward Zamora was dropped for the defeat at Swansea at the weekend and didn’t even make the bench.
But he is set to replace the suspended Andrew Johnson in the make-orbreak Euro tie with Danish outfit Odense.
Zamora has been linked with a £10million January switch to QPR, while Aston Villa and Sunderland are also interested.
But Jol insisted he had every right to rest players if he wanted to.
The Fulham boss said: “They said we had a bust-up at the start of the season, but you always have a little bit of a disagreement.
“Of course there will be players who want to play all the games, but I make the decisions about that.
“Sometimes you have to play other players, especially if they are quality players.
“And it’s a bit disappointing to talk about one player all the time as if nothing else is happening here.
“Nobody asks me about other players when they didn’t play one match – and it is one match.
“We have proved that Bobby is an important player for us.
“I said to him a few weeks ago ‘Do you love this club?’ and he said ‘Yeah, I love this club, I love this team’.”
Fulham know they must win at Craven Cottage to make sure they join Champions League rejects Manchester United and Manchester City in the post-christmas stage of the competition.
A draw could be enough – but only if Wisla Krakow don’t beat FC Twente.
Goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer faces a late fitness test on a back injury and Danny Murphy and Steve Sidwell are both injured.
Odense can’t qualify even if they win.