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Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic reveals plan to organise game over international break to test fitness of players

The Fulham boss wants to organise a game during the international break to test the fitness of players such as Rafa Soares who hasn't featured for the first team yet

Slavisa Jokanovic has revealed he is hoping to organise a game during the international break to give those who haven't had many minutes this season some playing time.

Fulham's U23 side already have a game scheduled against Brentford B on Thursday (October 5) at the Bees' training ground but Jokanovic wants to check on the fitness of those who have been injured, while assessing the level of the players who have played very little part this season.

Players like Marcelo Djalo, Michael Madl and Marcus Bettinelli haven't featured regularly in the white of Fulham yet this season, but Jokanovic insisted that players who haven't played so far will have their part to play further in what he described as a long season.

Rafa Soares is also continuing his recovery from injury and will continue that over the break and Jokanovic is still looking at how he can help the side.

He said: "He's had a few days working with us, we're going to try, in this international break, to organise some game with another side to check him and check some other people who haven't had enough minutes in the beginning of the season.

 

Limited game time: Marcelo Djalo(Image: Paul Burgman/Press-Photos.com)

 

"If you ask about Rafa, he is comfortable on the ball and is tactically very well and we are going to observe him and how he will adapt himself in this competition and at the end we will bring him in at fullback.

"We must discover how he can help us, at the end, after two training sessions with us it's too early for us and he is not in his physical best level and we expect he will be better this international break.

"It's very good for the team and himself to put their fitness in the highest level and the season is long and during the season all the people who aren't in my first plan will be in part of the competition, 100%, and Rafa Soares must push himself like other parts of the team.

"This competition for places is daily, during the week they must compete between themselves and at the end of the week or sometimes in this competition, three times during the week, they must compete against different teams.

"I will choose what I believe is best for my team to be closer to winning the games."

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