Bobby Zamora has once again rubbished reports of a rift with Fulham manager Martin Jol – saying that his recent absence from the first team is entirely due to Achilles trouble.

The England international marked his return to the Fulham side with an injury-time winner against Arsenal on Monday night and was hugged by a delighted Jol after the final whistle. Zamora insisted in his post-match interviews that he was keen to stay at Craven Cottage – despite reports linking him with a move away in the transfer window – and he has followed that up with an interesting analogy in the Daily Mirror:

I’ve missed games because of injuries and illness and it’s been turned into World War Three. There’s no problem, I just want to be playing.

The 30 year-old says he is excited to be part of Jol’s new-look side and there were signs that he could strike up a profitable relationship with new signing Bryan Ruiz during the come-from-behind win over the Gunners. Zamora had plenty of praise for Jol’s reshaped midfield:

They are all technically-gifted players, playing with them they are always going to open something up and carve defences to pieces. It’s nice to play with them and hopefully I can get a few more chances.