Diop demands issue resolved
By Peter ORourke
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Papa Bouba Diop wants clubs and national teams to reach a compromise.
Papa Bouba Diop wants Premiership clubs and African national teams to come to an agreement over the use of players.
Fulham boss Chris Coleman was fuming after Diop returned from international duty at the start of the month with an injury.
Diop missed almost a month of action while at the African Cup of Nations in January and he has missed the last few games with a bruised foot.
The 28-year-old can understand Coleman's anger and he believes a deal needs to be struck between clubs and international teams over players.
"Of course I understand the frustration of English clubs at losing their players midway through a season," Diop told the club's official website.
"I think it is important to understand that we as the players share this frustration to a certain extent.
"We are caught in the situation where we love playing for our clubs but it is also an honour to play for our countries.
"I do think, however, that it's getting to the stage now where the authorities need to sit down and reach a reasonable solution so both sides can be happy with the outcome."
The powerful midfielder, who is hoping to make his return to action this weekend against Chelsea, admitted he was frustrated to be injured.
"Getting injured so soon after the African Nations Cup was incredibly frustrating," added Diop.
"I picked up the injury during the international friendly week, so that was difficult for me.
"I just have to concentrate on getting myself back to full fitness now as the club has some very big games on the horizon."