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Marco Silva has predicted that the return of concerns around coronavirus and his desire to preserve squad depth may make for a quiet January transfer window at Fulham.

The Portuguese head coach wants to retain many of his fringe players as the Championship promotion race heats up – pointing to the recent norovirus bug that caused serious issues at Motspur Park.

“At this moment we are happy. We did what we should do last summer, as it is always tough for a club after relegation. Competition in the squad is tough and the squad is big as well. But it is not the right moment to talk now about changes because it’s the beginning of December and a busy period because of the Christmas fixtures.

Unfortunately the Covid situation is back around us again and we are seeing some clubs battling with the situation. f you are look back a few weeks ago, we had a number of players out ill when it wasn’t Covid. We were struggling with options as there were six or seven out. You look at the situation around the world now, and with some clubs here in England like Tottenham and Leicester, it’s a good example of why you have to be aware and protect yourself as a football club.”