David Button has been urged not to “surrender” in the battle to be Fulham’s first-choice goalkeeper.
Button lost his place to Marcus Bettinelli in December after the defeat against his former club Brentford, but Whites boss Slavisa Jokanovic insists he still has the chance to win it back before the end of the campaign.
Button has returned to the squad for the trip to Preston after illness and Jokanovic said: “I cannot say I’m not going to use him (this season). These would be the worst words for myself and him.”
The Serbian added: “Button was with me for 60 games. All the players had the chance. There doesn’t exist any spaces for players who decide to surrender.
“They must compete between them and, after, I decide what is best for the team.
“He must know he is a professional player, and my job is talking with all the players and with David too, and those on the bench. Sometimes they have more, sometimes less time.
“This is not a primary school. He must show the power and responsibility and push hard for a place in the team.”