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Joronen loan has to wait, says Jokanovic


Jesse Joronen’s proposed loan to a lower-league side has been delayed because he is required as vital goalkeeping cover by Fulham, according to Slavisa Jokanovic.

The Serbian head coach has been impressed by the Finnish international’s professionalism and agility over the course of this pre-season but cannot risk sending Joronen away for further first-team experience with Marcus Bettinelli still to fully recover from a hamstring problem. The 22 year-old earned his first senior competitive win for FulhamĀ in the EFL Cup defeat of Leyton Orient last week and was on the bench for Saturday’s victory over Preston North End – a role is likely to reprise in tonight’s trip to Elland Road.

The Fulham boss told Get West London:

Jesse is a young and very talented keeper and at this age it is necessary for this type of player to have the games, but at the moment I need three keepers. In September I will have a plan after everything that has happened in front of us and we will try and find the best solution for Jesse in the future.

He is a fantastic person and a very good keeper. The position of the goalkeeper is always complicated because it is only one who is in the team and I can use only one in the game. This is the situation and we have to find some solution in the future.

Joronen has already enjoyed successful loan spells with Accrington Stanley and Stevenage, for whom he scored a sensational goal from outside his own box, and would be likely to join a League One or Two club to further his development.

Lonergan credits Joronen for late save

Andy Lonergan named young Fulham keeper Jesse Joronen as one of the inspirations for his late saves against Derby.

The former Preston stopper raced out to deny Johnny Russell when the Rams frontman was clean through on goal before tipping Cyrus Christie’s effort over the bar.

And the 32-year-old paid tribute to the young Finn for his ability in racing off his line when a striker is clean through.

“I worked on it when I was younger. I went away from it for a bit. With Martin Brennan. I give credit to Jesse Joronen and I’ve learnt from him,” Lonergan said.

“I was thinking I’ve not had much to do here and the windy conditions weren’t great for a goalkeeper, I felt I needed to do something. I’m pleased I contributed to a point because you can come off and it’s 1-1 and it’s not a waste of a game.”

Lonergan hated playing in the wind and would prefer playing in torrential rain as it is so unpredictable.

“It’s part of the job and it was so hard playing in the wind. It was blowing away from me. We’ve played well against two of the best teams in the league so it’s a step in the right direction for us,” he explained. Not just for me. I was saying to Tom Cairney that we’d rather it absolutely bucket it down like against Ipswich at home.”

“The weather is so unpredictable – there are balls that you think are yours and then you end up not getting there and there are balls that are never yours but, a split second later, they’re on top of you.”

Joronen out for six weeks

Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen’s loan at Stevenage has been disrupted with the news that he will miss six weeks with a thigh injury.

The 6ft 5ins Finn has made 11 appearances this season for Teddy Sheringham’s side.

Joronen achieved the feat of scoring with a long clearance in the 2-1 home win over Wycombe last month.

Despite the injury, manager Sheringham has confirmed that he is keen to extend the loan spell for the rest of the season.

“We’re here for him to progress but for him to help us, that works hand in hand,” the Boro boss said.

“I’d like to see him back here, it would do him the world of good, get more games and show Fulham exactly what he can do.

“It’s the thigh-hip area that he’s strained as he kicked the ball.

“It’s not the most common of injuries, which is why you have to be a bit careful with it and get him to people that have seen the injury before and can deal with it.”

Joronen scores for Stevenage

On-loan Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen scored a bizarre goal for Stevenage on Saturday, finding the net with a long punt up field from just outside his own box.

The Fulham youngster was simply clearing the ball but the bounce was completely misjudged by opposite number Matt Ingram and went in to put his current side ahead.

Joronen revealed it was not the first time he had scored a goal after giving Stevenage the lead in their 2-1 win against Wycombe Wanderers today. The goalkeeper, who had just returned from representing his native Finland in their final European Championship qualifiers, scored after ten minutes when his long kick deceived Chairboys custodian Matt Ingram.

When asked if he had scored before, Joronen said: “One – plus that. That was back in Finland. I have to say I didn’t mean it to go that far. I was expecting the other keeper to catch it. “It was a little bit difficult when the wind is blowing like that. Afterwards I said to the Wycombe keeper ‘unlucky’ mate. It was not completely intentional but I’ll take it.”

Accrington loan Joronen

Fulham goalkeeper Jesse Joronen signs on a month-long loan at Accrington Stanley

The Finland international has made four appearances for Fulham this season after previous loan spells with Cambridge and Maidenhead.

Joronen, 21, competes for a first-team place at Craven Cottage against former Stanley loanee Marcus Bettinelli.

He has been signed to replace Aaron Chapman, who has returned to parent club Chesterfield with a foot injury, and will take the number 30 shirt.

“We were disappointed to lose Aaron to injury, but Jesse comes in with a great reputation and is a good addition,” said Stanley boss John Coleman.

“He’s played in the Championship this season and that experience could prove invaluable to him at League Two level.”