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Fulham manager Martin Jol has told David Stockdale that Maarten Stekelenburg is Fulham’s first-choice keeper.

The summer signing from Roma suffered a shoulder injury on his debut at Sunderland on the opening day of the season, with Stockdale keeping goal in his absence.

However, Stekelenburg was restored to the side for last night’s 4-1 win at Crystal Palace.

Jol said: “Maarten came to us and we paid more money for him than for other players, beside Bryan Ruiz a couple of years ago.

“I didn’t buy him to be on the bench, you know what I mean?

“He did very well when he started, saved a couple of points against Sunderland.

“Stockdale did well, but Maarten was fit for the last two weeks and showed that he was fit and that he could play again.

“I asked him if he could play and he said ‘yes’. I had a little word with Stockdale and of course he isn’t pleased but that is the decision I made.”