Fulham boss Marco Silva is frustrated by the timing of the World Cup.
Fulham have defied expectations so far this campaign, winning 19 points from 14 games after being promoted from the Championship last season, and could go just a point behind Manchester United by beating them on Sunday.
Like all Premier League teams, Fulham will not return to action until December due to the World Cup break and Silva questioned the decision to hold the tournament in the middle of the season.
He said: “I think no one listened to the opinions of the players to decide that this competition would be in the middle (of the season).
“The situation when they decided if it would be in Qatar or a different country, or in the middle of the season for the first time or the end of the season, I think they don’t listen to the players.
“They decide and that’s it, the players have to prepare as best they can.”