Knight told to be patient
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Zat Knight has been informed by Chris Coleman to be patient for a recall.Out of favour defender Zat Knight has been informed by Fulham manager Chris Coleman to be patient for a first-team chance.
The 24-year-old has found himself out of the line-up since being sent-off in The Cottagers' 2-0 defeat to Blackburn at Craven Cottage late in November.
Coleman has opted to go with Ian Pearce and Zesh Rehman at the back since the loss to Mark Hughes' side and has been pleased with the pairing.
The Welsh boss has been delighted with Knight's response to being dropped and believes he will be a stronger player once recalled.
"Zat was having a bit of a bad time of it and he didn't have a good game against Blackburn, even if you disregard the sending-off," explained Coleman.
"Sometimes players need to have a rest, and I think this was the right time to leave Zat out. Ian has come into the side and he and Zesh have done well together.
"You have to remember that Zat has been first-choice centre back for 18 months, and he is only 24. Since I left him out, Zat has trained hard and worked hard.
"A few games out will give him time to reflect, and I am sure he will come back much stronger for the time out of the side."
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