Fulham give midfielder chance to earn deal
Cottagers boss Martin Jol has reportedly left a spot open in his 25-man-squad, for Diarra should he prove his fitness in the forthcoming days.
Back in the groove
The Mali international, 32, has reportedly come through a reserve team game unscathed, having been out for eight months with a knee injury.
Manager Jol has been sympathetic over the former Real Madrid midfielders injury woes, stating, as reported by the newspaper: “Diarra has been very unlucky with injuries but hopefully he has turned the corner.
“He is not under contract but we need to make a decision on him.”
Since leaving Los Blancos in 2011, Diarra has struggled to maintain his fitness, having played only nine times for resurgent French club Monaco during his solitary season at the club in 2012.
However, he managed to gain more match time at the West London club, playing 19 times (11 in the Premier League) for Fulham, scoring once.
Since the 2013/2014 Premier League season got underway, Fulham have found it difficult to perform consistently.
Having already signed central midfielders Scott Parker and Derek Boateng, to shore up their engine room, they could perhaps do with an experienced player such as the Malian Diarra to provide cover for their first choice options over the course of the exhausting league campaign.
Although as the current season is still in its infancy, the Londoners have cause for optimism should players such as Dimitar Berbatov and Adel Taarabt perform to the heights they’re capable of.