Injuries force Coleman's hand

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Fulham boss Chris Coleman had admitted his side's ever-growing injury crisis will force him to enter the transfer market when business reopens in January.

New signing Jimmy Bullard looks to be out for the season with a knee injury, while Coleman has also had to contend with the long-term losses of Mark Pembridge and Simon Elliott, and they were joined on the sidelines by Carlos Bocanegra and Franck Queudrue after Saturday's defeat to Reading.

Coleman is expecting Michael Brown and Papa Bouba Diop to return to full fitness soon but, as he was already keen to bolster his squad in the transfer window, the absence of so many players has left him with no option.

"We've lost Boca and Franck Queudrue," he said. "Browny and Bouba are probably 60 to 70 percent fit, but we haven't got a choice really.

"We're going to have to do a bit of work in January - even if we had everybody fit and were still in the top 10, we'd have gone in (to the transfer market).

"But we've got no choice now. We have to."