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Jokanovic explains McCormack absence

last updated Sunday 24th January 2016, 12:40 PM

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Fulham strike duo Ross McCormack and Moussa Dembele have taken the Championship by storm this season, scoring 24 goals between them as the Whites have made a reputation for scoring.

As a result, both have been linked with moves away. Dembele, 19, is out of contract in the summer and a host of Europe's elite clubs have been mooted to make a move.

Scottish forward McCormack, 29, has been the subject of multiple bids from Championship high-flyers Middlesbrough, with Aitor Karanka determined to get his team over the finishing line this season, after McCormack all-but-ruined their promotion dream last season.

The striker, with 17 goals in all competitions this season, was ruled out of Saturday's match with Hull due to illness, but was at Craven Cottage for the match.

Fulham boss Slavisa Jokanovic was grilled on the subject of his star forwards following the Whites' 1-0 defeat to Hull.

When asked why Ross McCormack did not play. Jokanovic said "Because Ross was sick yesterday, and last week had physical problems. He had a kick in the last game against Huddersfield. He's only made one training session."

"I try and explain he has only made one training and physically I did not believe he was ready for today's game.

Psychologically I understand many rumours and speculation, I understand McCormack too, I understand the club have interests in thinking about him because he is one of the best Championship players, he's our best player too, so the people need to understand Fulham too.

If you are serious people, if you start thinking, we don't need the money, when actually right now we need other things.

This is a very clear situation. With the time, It's only now seven more days, everything will be more clear, but I am not, I can repeat, I don't want to sell and we are not in a situation to sell our best players.

Speculation is always about Dembele, about McCormack, for my side. I don't give any permission to make these kind of steps."

Source Dimitri Kondonis at GetWestLondon
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