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Dickson Etuhu could return to the Fulham side against his former club Manchester City after Martin Jol revealed that the Nigerian midfielder had been dropped from the squad because he wanted to move during the closing days of the January transfer window.

The Nigerian international midfielder had been impressive since replacing the injured Steve Sidwell earlier in the season, but lost his place once the 29 year-old regained fitness. Etuhu had been linked with a transfer exit, with reports of a move to Turkey or even to Wolves on loan, but Jol insisted that there was no approach for his services. The former Sunderland midfielder is in contention to return to the starting line-up tonight after Sidwell suffered another hernia problem against West Brom on Wednesday.

He was in the squad then out. Last time he wanted to move. I want players who want to focus on Fulham but there was no approach so he is back in the squad.

His mentality is fine but he’s one of these players – and especially in the transfer window – who comes up to you and tells you he needs to play. And not once, but a lot of times – ‘I need to play, I need to play’. I said ‘okay, wait and see’ so for me it was no problem but there was no approach so we have to sit down again.