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Ben Foster | Goalkeeper

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (32) / 4/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 198

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West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster will continue his recovery from a ruptured ACL by taking part in a charity cycle ride from London to Paris, a 500km route spread over 4-days.
Foster has been sidelined since mid-March after damaging knee ligaments during the home win over Stoke and the England stopper is hoping to make a return in October later this year. No stranger to the treatment room this is the third time Foster has torn his anterior cruciate ligament and biking provides the ideal non-weight bearing exercise during rehab. In his absence Boaz Myhill kept 3-clean sheets helping the Baggies to retain their BPL status while earning himself a 12-month contract extension. Youssouf Mulumbu, Chris Baird and Jason Davidson have all been released while Tony Pulis has begun negotiations with Gareth McAuley and Claudio Yacob. May 28 - 5:45 AM
Source: BBC Sport

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Tony Pulis will be missing only Ben Foster as his team heads to the Emirates for the final match of the 2014-15 season.

Coming down the stretch, West Brom has shown well and part of the credit should go to the training staff who have helped the team stay largely healthy even as the season has worn on. Aside from the Ben Foster ACL injury, they have nursed Saido Berahino, Brown Ideye and others who have had niggling injuries through those issues while allowing them to feature more often than not. Even Victor Anichebe is healthy for the finale which is saying something.
Source: BBC Sport
May 22 - 10:18 AM

West Brom has been rocked by the news that goalkeeper Ben Foster will miss the remainder of the season after further tests revealed the England international has torn his anterior cruciate ligament ruling him out for between 6-9 months.

An initial scan confirmed ligament damage which was only thought to be minor and the club confirmed the stopper would be missing for between 4-5 weeks but on further examination it was decided Foster would need surgery to repair the cruciate. His absence will hand Boaz Myhill an opportunity to see out the remainder of the campaign and the Baggies’ number two was inspired at the Etihad on Saturday despite the home side grabbing three goals. However City were helped by a case of mistaken identity as Neil Swarbrick sent Gareth McAuley off after 89 seconds [the quickest in the league this season] instead of Craig Dawson who had impeded Wilfried Bony as he ran through on goal.
Mar 22 - 11:57 AM

Tony Pulis has confirmed goalkeeper Ben Foster will need a scan to determine the extent of the injury he picked up on Saturday during the narrow win over Stoke at the Hawthorns.

Foster hurt his knee while challenging Peter Crouch causes his leg to buckle under him and West Brom fear the goalkeeper may have damaged ligaments or cartilage in the coming together – Boaz Myhill has proved a wonderful understudy in recent seasons but Tony Pulis is obviously very keen to have his England international available for selection "we need him fit." Brown Ideye will also be checked after limping off during the dying moments but he along with striker partner and leading scorer Saido Berahino have been struggling with respective knee and foot problems which have meant the pair receive pain-killing injections prior each game. The return of Victor Anichebe [groin] will help to ease pressure on the duo but in the interim it’s all hands to the decks as the Baggies fight for their Premier League survival.
Mar 16 - 5:48 AM

Ben Foster has seen his price dip in recent weeks due to some poor performances, so while West Brom's defending has been sub par as of late, he presents a budget option at the keeper position with a home game against Swansea City this gameweek.

The Baggies have shipped five goals in their last two league games, a disturbing total under Pulis' leadership. Taking his managerial career into account, it does not look to be a trend that will continue. At 4.04m, Foster makes for a somewhat risky but potentially very rewarding play against a Swansea side that will still be without their best threat, Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Feb 9 - 4:09 PM

Ben Foster was solid in what history tells us will be the first of many 1-0 victories in 2015.

Tony Pulis is the master of the physical 1-0 victory. For fantasy managers looking for value buys as the deck is reshuffled across the Premier League in January, Foster and West Brom defenders are likely to be among the holdover players gaining the most value. Ben Foster put up a very solid 14 points in the Yahoo format. At a price of 5.71 even after that performance, he's still a bargain but it isn't likely to last too long.
Source: Yahoo.com
Jan 14 - 1:35 PM

West Brom earn a 1-0 victory over Leicester off an own goal from Esteban Cambiasso.

Ben Foster saved five shots to help West Brom get its fourth clean sheet of the season. Leicester had the better stat sheet, but Foster came up with some key stops to help his team escape with the full three points. West Brom have a couple tough matchups coming up with a rejuvenated Newcastle at home, followed by Chelsea and Arsenal.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 04:55:00 PM

Ben Foster returned to training following a minor calf problem and Alan Irvine will have to decide between he and Boaz Myhill for the visit of Crystal Palace.

Boaz Myhill helped the Baggies earn a point against Manchester United which might get him the benefit of the doubt if there is even a little concern over Foster's health for Week 9. With Palace the opponent it is legitimate to consider whichever player starts a reasonable fantasy play in unique-ownership leagues or even salary cap leagues where you need a bargain in goal to spend elsewhere. The only thing holding you back from the West Brom keeper this week will be knowing which one will play.
Fri, Oct 24, 2014 04:53:00 PM

West Brom have become early relegation candidates after struggling once again and losing 2-0 to Everton.

Some analysts were hyping up West Brom's defense before the season started but that hasn't been the case so far as they've lacked quality. They only have two points after four matches and are tied for last place in the Premier League. Their poor display at home today was another sign that they might be fighting the relegation battle this season. We advice against using any WBA players in fantasy at the moment.
Source: Sky Sports
Sat, Sep 13, 2014 01:38:00 PM

Ben Foster will apparently recover from the thumb injury he aggravated on England duty and be available to feature for West Brom in Week 4.

Everton may not have a league win yet but they have been scoring at a strong pace (7 goals in 3 matches) despite only two points to show for all of those goals. West Brom will need all the defensive help they can get as the Toffees next opponent and will be thrilled with the news that Ben Foster will recover in time to feature at the Hawthorns. Foster is still not a good fantasy choice given Everton's attacking potency but he might be able to help stem the tide.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 11:07:00 AM

The Baggies conceded early and often at the Liberty Stadium as they fell for the first time this season.

The match was best summed up by a sequence in the second half where Ben Foster conceded an indirect free kick in the box by handling a back pass from a defender. On the ensuing free kick someone in the Baggies' wall knocked a shot on target down with his arm. The sequence didn't result in a goal but it should have and it underscored the gulf in class between the two sides on the day.
Sat, Aug 30, 2014 01:06:00 PM

Ben Foster kept Southampton out of his net for a rare road clean sheet for Alan Irvine's West Bromwich Albion who got a solid road point.

It certainly wasn't an inspiring performance but if the road to safety from relegation is grinding out points on the road and winning at home then it was mission accomplished in Week 2 with a point at St. Mary's. With reinforcements still to come in the form of Gareth McAuley, Joleon Lescott, Cristian Gamboa, Brown Ideye and (reportedly) Georgios Samaras West Brom will be happy holding serve until they are all available.
Sat, Aug 23, 2014 12:10:00 PM

Champions League winning assistant manager Paul Clement is considering a move back to England to take a managerial role with West Brom mentioned as a possibility.

Carlo Ancelotti's assistant at Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid was linked to the West Brom job previously and with that post open again he may be a prime candidate a second time. Coming off a dramatic come-from-behind win in the Champions League final, Clement will undoubtedly be a popular managerial candidate given that a) he is English and b) he has the unusual experience of having plied his trade outside of England (and successfully at that). If he is popular, it is unclear why he would be interested in the West Brom job when other clubs are better placed to succeed sooner.
Mon, May 26, 2014 09:08:00 AM

It's hard to have a good match as a goalkeeper while giving up three goals but Ben Foster achieved that on Saturday.

With West Brom up 2-0 early, Ben Foster came to the rescue of Morgan Amalfitano when he saved Emmanuel Adebayor's weak penalty. Foster made a number of other strong saves but he couldn't prevent Jonas Olsson from scoring an own goal off of a deflected cross or two additional well-taken Spurs goals. The match ended as an extremely entertaining 3-3 draw that likely helps neither team in the standings.
Sat, Apr 12, 2014 02:09:00 PM

Ben Foster saved a Nikica Jelavic penalty but couldn't keep out Liam Rosinior on the rebound as Hull City beat West Brom 2-0.

Ben Foster had a strong match in net despite his team losing 2-0 to Hull City. Foster made three saves as well as saving Jelavic's penalty in the 31st minute but Foster's teammates could clear the rebound from Foster's save and Liam Rosinior put Hull City up 1-0. Seven minutes later, Shane Long doubled Hull City's lead for the final score. Of interest elsewhere for West Brom and fantasy managers were starts for Graham Dorrans and Thievy.
Source: ESPNFC.com
Sat, Mar 22, 2014 01:01:00 PM