Coleman: Injuries were key

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Chris Coleman believes that injuries have proved a major problem to Fulham so far this season.

The Cottagers boss thinks that, with several players recuperating, his first team have not had the competition for places that is needed.

"Not having the full complement of players has taken away that competition for places," said Coleman.

"Some of this season's regulars have not been pushed enough."

However, news on the injury front has improved for Coleman, with the return of Luis Boa Morte and Lee Clark to action.

Both club captain Clark and Boa Morte featured in a 6-0 reserve team win over Brentford, and could now feature in the London derby against Crystal Palace on Saturday.