Bryan Ruiz is set to be on the bench against Ipswich tomorrow – and ready to put the farce of a scrapped loan move to Levante behind him.
Fulham deny claims from the Spanish club’s president, Francisco Catalan, that Whites didn’t understand La Liga’s transfer window closed on the Friday before – and not Monday, February 2.
Indeed, boss Kit Symons spelled out the deal was done and dusted on the Friday in the team hotel before the match at Blackburn on January 31.
The FA was happy Fulham had done everything correctly, and the manager also insisted there has been no contact from the MLS, even though the World Cup international tweeted a possible move to the USA on Tuesday.
Symons said: “That’s new to me. We’ve had no contact with anyone about Bryan.
“I had a chat with him today, and he’s back as a Fulham player; I’m sure he’ll crack on and do well for us from now until the end of the season.”
Ruiz has been training on his own and lacks team preparation, but is ‘very fit', according to Symons, who issued a clean bill of health to all the squad hoping to hit back from the 3-1 defeat at Bolton on Tuesday night.
“(Midfielder) Scotty Parker had been suffering from a combination of illness and injury, and that’s why he came on as sub against Bolton. But he’s fully fit for this one," added the manager.
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