Tim Ream is content seeing the Fulham defence chop and change at varying points over the course of the season.

None of the Whites' four main defenders, Tomas Kalas, Ream, Michael Madl and Ragnar Sigurdsson, have been ever presents for various reasons be it injury or loss of form.

The west Londoners were brittle at the back last season and, although it has improved this campaign, Slavisa Jokanovic still wants to see improvement in that area.

The Serbian made similar comments after the 3-2 wins over Wigan Athletic and Nottingham Forest respectively and the American defender revealed that defending has been a regular topic in team meetings.

Ream said: “Each guy is different but at this point in the season, we've had six months together at least so we all know each others strengths and weakness and how to combat those with each other.

Whites central: Michael Madl (L) and Ragnar Sigurdsson

“You just roll with it and whether it's due to injury or form, you just do your best and get on with it.

“We see it as well but at the same time, the manager is not just talking about the defenders as a back four.

“He's talking about defending as a team. Behind closed doors, it's discussed as a squad, the back four, Kev (McDonald) sitting in front of us and up through the striker. He makes it clear that it's not just the back four.”

The Whites take on Premier League big boys Tottenham on Sunday and the American international knows that, while Spurs are out of form at the moment, they will still pose a threat.

He added: “You don't want to say normal game preparation. We're all excited to face a very good team in Tottenham and try and prove ourselves against one of the best in the country.

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“The team is going to be very different from the team that played on Thursday night.

“Their tactics are going to be similar but nothing you can really take to heart because you're not completely sure who is going to play.

“Their form is their form but they're still one of the top teams and we have to be prepared for the best squad they're going to put out.”

Ream has previous experience against Tottenham, playing against them with Bolton in the FA Cup and also the Premier League but one where he was on the bench in 2012 was one he'd never forget.

Fabrice Muamba suffered cardiac arrest on the pitch and was dead for 78 minutes before being brought back to life at the London Chest Hospital.

Fabrice Muamba

The game was abandoned and the football world held it's breath for the likeable midfielder who, while never able to play again, recovered from the incident and he is now supporting the push for defibrilators to be available in schools and by pitches.

Ream said: “It's not something that will ever be forgotten. It was a strange feeling that day and the weeks after were very lethargic. Nothing else seemed to matter then.

“It's one of those things. Fabrice is doing well now and he's healthy and happy.

“We stay in touch a little bit on social media but he's off doing his charity work now and promoting having the defibs around and in schools and around football pitches.”

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