Fulham players are back in training – but minus the big earners for whom the club has no future.
Maarten Stekelenburg, Kostas Mitroglou and Fernando Amorebieta were all excused first-day duty, not least because the latter is playing for Venezuela in the Copa America tournament.
Striker Mitroglou also played a full 90 minutes for his country Saturday, only to draw a blank as Greece suffered a shock 2-1 defeat by minnows Faroes Islands for the second time in European Championship qualifying
Ex-Whites loanee Kostas Stafylidis was also made to struggle in Torshavn, while Stekelenburg has been given lieu time after Monaco’s season finished later than the English Championship campaign.
The 32-year-old Dutchman was on loan there last season, and is reportedly a target for fellow countryman Ronald Koeman at Southampton, but will have his work cut out to convince the Saints supremo after featuring only four times for Monaco, the last appearance coming back in March.
Stekelenburg has two years left on his Fulham contract, as does Amorebieta. Mitroglou, the most expensive signing in Fulham history at £12 million, is there until summer 2018.
However, it is understood there is no set date for any of the trio’s return to training – if at all, while the club try to broker loans or sales.