With all the vagaries of the festive period - rest, rotation, injury, etc - one of the things that caught my eye was that John Arne Riise was missing for Fulham. Matthew Briggs was filling in, and that looks set to continue.
MARTIN Jol has revealed John Arne Riise has been missing from Fulham's starting XI due to a dip in form.
Youngster Matthew Briggs was preferred to the Norwegian at left-back for the home defeat to Swansea last week, with Riise left out of the squad completely for the win at West Brom on New Year's Day.
The 32-year-old will be absent again for tomorrow's FA Cup third round clash with Blackpool after picking up an injury in training...
"Now John's injured and that's another situation. Maybe Briggsy will do well in the next couple of games.