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Dickson Etuhu is preparing to be dropped by manager Martin Jol despite a series of imposing performances in the Fulham midfield.

The Nigerian midfielder, who recently called into question his future at the club after struggling to hold down a regular spot in the first time, has been excellent since replacing Steve Sidwell in midfield. Etuhu excelled in the holding role against his former club Sunderland and was outstanding in the 1-1 draw at Arsenal at the weekend. The 29 year-old did very little wrong in last night’s defeat by FC Twente, but still expects to drop out of the first eleven once Sidwell recovers from his hernia operation.

It’s nice to be playing again. It feels great to wake up in the morning knowing that I’m going to be involved. I feel I’ve done well. I was pleased with the way I played against Sunderland and in the Arsenal game as well.

But there’s no battle on. The manager picks the team and I expect Stevie [Sidwell] to come straight back in.  have gone most of the season not playing. It’s nothing personal against Siddy – he’s a great player and a good friend of mine.

But at the end of the day I’ve not got been given a chance. I’ve only got that because he’s been injured. I’ve been here four years and played under every manager. It’s a strange season for me and come January we’ll look at that.