Fulham boss Scott Parker has claimed it will be an immense challenge to catch Leeds United in the remaining nine games of the Championship season.

Parker claimed that there will be a number of injuries around the second-tier, admitting that there is immense pressure on clubs.

The Cottagers are currently seven points behind the table-topping Whites, with a trip to Elland Road coming up on the second matchday after the restart.

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Parker insists that his side is in a great place to challenge for promotion, although it will take a lot of fight to earn it.

“Are there going to be injuries? Sure there will be,” he told talkSPORT.

“Because you’re putting your body under some immense pressure and some immense training and games coming up.

“We need to fight, we need to challenge, we need to understand that three-quarters of this season was done under normal circumstances but we played the season and we put ourselves in a fantastic position as a club to challenge and we’ve had a good three-quarter of a season.”

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Leeds clearly remain in the driving seat, especially when you take recent form into account. Marcelo Bielsa’s men are flawless in their last five games, whereas Fulham have only won twice.

In these exceptional circumstances though, form goes out of the window and Leeds must guard against complacency once everything starts again.

The Mirror released a report with the average position of each club’s remaining opponents, with Leeds having the easiest and Fulham the hardest – it’s not going to be an easy ride.

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