Fulham striker Brian McBride has revealed his slow start to the season was caused by a virus.

McBride has been involved in all seven of Fulham’s Barclays Premiership matches but had failed to reproduce the impressive form he showed last season.

It was thought the 34-year-old United States international was still feeling the after-effects of the World Cup, but the real cause of the problem has now been discovered.

“I’ve had something for a long time, we were trying to figure out what it was,” he said.

“I wasn’t recovering and was feeling a bit fatigued. It came to a head last Thursday when I just couldn’t sleep.

“It turned out that I needed a root canal. So some bacteria had probably been going through my blood for some time.

“It wasn’t a huge amount, and wasn’t noticeable until Thursday, but it was good to get all that figured out. I’ve been feeling really good since.”

Fulham are sat in mid-table with Monday night’s 3-3 draw with Watford leaving them with nine points from seven games and McBride believes they should be in a stronger position.

“When you’re in a position to get three points like we were against Watford and you don’t, then you’re always going to be disappointed,” he said.

“We would definitely love to have a few more points on the board and that’s going to be our job in the upcoming games.”