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Jaap discusses defensive options in Moore’s absence

30 November 2016

Manager on filling the void this weekend

There will be at least one alteration to the starting XI this weekend – centre-half Liam Moore will come out of the squad to serve a one-match suspension, after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Bristol City last week.

The centre-half hasn’t missed a minute of Championship action since debuting in Cardiff after his move from Leicester was finalised – but he’ll have to be content to watch on from the sidelines at Craven Cottage.

And while the gaffer admitted that it was a blow to lose the 23-year-old for our visit to Fulham, he has full confidence that the team will be able to adapt to his absence.

“We need to make a decision in that position and who’s going to be playing there,” said Jaap.  “This week we have thought about it, as well as other positions – we’re always trying to look for a certain team to play that can be a threat to the opposition.

“Liam has had a great impact since he has arrived at the club – he has done very well, and we knew that – we signed him because of the quality he has.  He has shown himself – he has been very strong, especially in the combination working with Paul McShane at the back – they are two great centre-backs in there.

“But he is out – that happens, and someone else has to step in there.  We’ve got other players that can play that position as well, so that’s not a problem.

“It’s very important from the start of the season that everybody knows what to do in certain positions – not only in the position they are in at one time.  That means that if someone has to drop out because of injury or suspension, someone else can step in and they know what to do.

“Of course you want to maintain the level of football as well, but we have a lot of quality players within the squad that can fill in for certain positions.”

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