Coleman laments injuries
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Chris Coleman admits his Fulham squad has not been able to cope with injuries.Chris Coleman admits his Fulham squad has not been big enough to cope with injuries to key players this season.
The Fulham boss has seen his plans for the club regularly thrown into disarray due to lengthy absences for influential members of his squad.
The likes of Steed Malbranque, Claus Jensen and Alain Goma have all missed sustained periods of the campaign due to injury.
Malbranque is due to make his return from an ankle problem against Charlton Athletic on Saturday, with Coleman delighted to have the midfielder available again.
But while Coleman looks forward to Malbranque's return, the Fulham manager is also looking back on a campaign ravaged by injury.
"Steed is available and in the squad so I've not named the team yet, I'll do that tomorrow," Coleman told Sky Sports News.
"I don't know if he's 100 percent fit but he's a big influence on us, a good player as we all know and it's nice to have him back.
"It's tempting [to play him] because he's a good player. I don't know whether to start him or bring him on and give people a lift.
"I think Steed's missed about three to four months of the season, Jensen has missed four, Goma has missed four, Clark missed the first five. They are all important players.
"We've had important, experienced players missing a big bulk of the season and we haven't got a big enough squad to cope with that."