Coleman angry at Diop blow
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Fulham boss Chris Coleman says he will complain to Senegal after questioning the wisdom of a friendly that left Papa Bouba Diop injured.
The African nation beat Norway 2-1 in Dakar on Wednesday, less than a month after the completion of the African Cup of Nations, and Diop returned to Craven Cottage with a swollen foot as a result.
With Arsenal visiting Fulham on Saturday, Coleman is keen to put out his strongest side, but Diop, who has been linked with The Gunners in the past, is now rated as doubtful for the London derby.
Coleman does not see the necessity of the friendly clash given that Senegal were unable to qualify for the World Cup finals, and the angry Fulham chief says he will be complaining to Diop's national side.
"I couldn't believe Senegal organised a friendly," Coleman told Sky Sports News.
"They've just had the African Cup of Nations and they are not going to the World Cup.
"One of my players comes back and he's got a knock and that's disappointing, I'm disappointed with that.
"I will be in touch with them, we can complain but I just think it's a stupid time to have a friendly.
"They've just had the African Cup of Nations, what's the point of having another friendly?
"[They've] just had half a dozen games, organise a friendly and on the back of it Papa comes back with a swollen foot and isn't available for us."