Fulham manager Martin Jol has denied reports of a bust up with experienced left-back John Arne Riise.
The former Liverpool defender did not travel to the Etihad Stadium for the Cottagers’ 2-0 defeat at Manchester City last weekend, according to talkSPORT.
Jol though insists that there is no issue between himself and the Norwegian, and wants the 32-year-old to fight Kieran Richardson and youngster Matthew Briggs for a first team place at Craven Cottage.
Jol said: “My relationship was fantastic and is probably still OK. It’s the same all the time in England. I never had a bust-up, I had a conversation.
“There’s no problem, I just wanted to change things. He wants to fight for his place like any player.”
Despite a venomous left foot and his ability to push forward, Riise has not scored a goal for Fulham since he ended his Serie A spell in Rome.
Fulham have only won two games since November, and face a difficult encounter at Old Trafford in the FA Cup fourth round on Saturday evening.
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