Stefan Johansen and Michael Hector could still have a future at Fulham, according to boss Scott Parker.
Johansen has been out of favour for some time and was unsurprisingly omitted from the Premier League 25-man squad.
And Hector, so impressive for the Whites in the Championship, has lost his place in the side after a poor start to the top-flight season.
Hector has fallen down the pecking order of centre-backs following the recent arrivals of Tosin Adarabioyo and Joachim Andersen.
Parker now wants to see the former Chelsea man force his way back in.
“Hec will be the first to admit the quick turnaround and the amount of games saw him struggling a bit,” Parker told West London Sport.
“You need to realise where you are at moments like these.
“He needs to keep improving and learning from the step up.
“I’m sure he’s not pleased, not happy, but it’s what players like Hec learn from this that will make a difference.”
Johansen is nursing a back injury but could get a chance to re-establish himself later in the season, Parker says.
“There is a problem at the moment, but he’s not going for surgery,” Parker explained.
“He needs to get on top of it, but he’s got some time (until January) and it’s not a massive problem.
“Does it mean Stef has no future part to play? Definitely not.
“He needs to get as fit as he can and make my decision difficult whether to include him or not.”