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Ben Foster | Goalkeeper | #1

Team: West Bromwich Albion
Age / DOB:  (35) / 4/3/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 198

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After missing the Leicester City match with a knee complaint, Ben Foster trained ahead of the Week 9 trip to the south coast to visit Southampton.
The Albion goalkeeper was a scratch for the Monday draw with Leicester City but he has resumed training. If Foster isn't quite back up to speed, Tony Pulis also has Boaz Myhill, last seen limping through the final minutes of Monday's match, back in training from his hamstring injury. One way or the other, it seems likely that Albion will have an experienced goalkeeper in net on Saturday and the chances are that it will be Foster. Fri, Oct 20, 2017 01:54:00 PM

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Tony Pulis admits the knee injury sustained by Ben Foster is an "enormous worry" while the full extent the problem is yet to be determined.

The West Brom goalkeeper was a notable absentee on Monday night at the King Power Stadium as Boaz Myhill came in for his first Premier League start since April 2016. Following the 1-1 with Leicester, Pulis revealed that Foster had been "playing with his son in the back garden" and tweaked his knee, and because of his previous problems, which includes reconstructive surgery "there was no way in a million years we were going to take the risk with him." Foster will have a scan ahead of this weekend’s trip to Southampton. Myhill is expected to deputise on Saturday, despite picking up a lower leg injury following a nasty collision with Jamie Vardy. "I managed to get through the rest of the game," he said post-match. "I’ll go and see Mark Gillett (director of performance) and we’ll have a look. I think so (a dead leg)."
Wed, Oct 18, 2017 04:34:00 AM

West Bromwich Albion did little to threaten Liverpool's goal for the majority of the afternoon as the Baggies come away empty at home in a 0-1 loss.

The Baggies may be falling into the trap of being content as they take a third straight loss and have failed to score a league goal now in their last four contests. Tony Pulis' side simply had a lack of creative spark going forward and, while they were generally solid in defense as they typically are at home, one miscue led to the game's only goal. There was a bit of a surge in the final ten minutes, but Matt Phillips could not beat the Reds keeper in what would be their best chance to score. West Brom are 10 points behind the club next above them, Arsenal, and have no shot a Europe, but they remain the "best of the rest" for now.
Source: NBC Sports
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 10:40:00 AM

Ben Foster put in a heroic performance and West Brom nearly came away with three huge points after a late goal, but Tottenham managed to equalize as the two sides settled for a 1-1 draw.

This could have easily been a 1-4 loss to Spurs but Foster was magnificent, stopping several tough shots by the opposition. In the first half alone, he denied Dele Alli, Ben Davies and Christian Eriksen. It was setting up as a trademark Tony Pulis result as the Baggies managed to take a 1-0 lead in the 82nd minute, courtesy of ex-Spur Nacer Chadli, who smashed home a rebound after Hugo Lloris did well to stop a James McClean shot. Spurs managed to equalize six minutes later though and nearly found a winner in the final moments, but a well-struck free kick by Eriksen was poked away from the far top corner by Foster to end affairs. It was one of those matches where both sides will walk away feeling like they could have won outright.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Oct 15, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Tony Pulis could have been forgiven for thinking the worse when his side travelled to title challengers Tottenham on Monday night without first-choice goalkeeper Ben Foster and the rejuvenated Saido Berahino.

However, the Baggies - who had only lost once in their five previous visits to White Hart Lane - were at it again to all but end the Lilywhites Premier League aspirations as they deservedly took a share of the spoils. Pulis confirmed pre-match that both players missed out due to ankle injuries: "Ben Foster hurt his ankle in the Arsenal game, he didn't realise until the next morning. We're concerned that he won't make the weekend," the Baggies boss told Sky Sports. "Saido went into the Arsenal game with an ankle injury and made it worse. We're disappointed we are going into this game without them two but we have got to get on with it."
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Apr 25, 2016 06:11:00 PM

Ben Foster came up with one of the best games of his career in a 0-0 draw against Sunderland to earn West Brom a point on the road.

Foster made seven saves to keep a hungry Sunderland off the scoreboard as the Black Cats were desperate to gain ground on Norwich City in the race to stave off relegation. Sunderland outshot the Baggies 22-3 as West Brom couldn't even manage a shot on target; it's not the first time this season that West Brom has not taken a shot on goal. But Foster came up huge on the afternoon despite a barrage of Sunderland chances. In team news, Stephane Sessegnon was not deemed fit enough to make the team after returning late from the international break while Sandro returned to the starting lineup.
Source: NBC Sports
Sat, Apr 2, 2016 12:31:00 PM

Ben Foster got his first start of the season in the Premier League and marked the occasion with a clean sheet over rivals Aston Villa.

It wasn't the three points that the Baggies would have wanted against the bottom team in the league but it was a strong return to league play for Ben Foster. The West Brom goalkeeper, returning from a long term knee injury, saved four Aston Villa shots to keep the clean sheet. The Baggies aren't playing particularly well so fantasy managers should beware when considering Foster.
Sat, Jan 23, 2016 05:38:00 PM

Ben Foster returned for cup matches and was healthy enough for the bench in midweek leaving open the question of when he will resume his role as the Baggies' number one.

When healthy and sharp, Ben Foster is West Brom's unquestioned number one goalkeeper. He has now been deemed at least healthy enough to suit up and play some lower priority matches. What fantasy managers will have to watch for is when Tony Pulis becomes comfortable with starting Foster in the Premier League again. Choosing between Boaz Myhill and Foster will be a week-to-week proposition for fantasy managers at this point.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 10:55:00 AM

Tony Pulis has confirmed that Ben Foster suffered a "minor setback" in his recovery from knee surgery and the Baggies’ goalkeeper is not expected to make a return to first team duties until December.

Foster is training outside again but West Brom will be very keen to ensure that the England international is not risked unnecessarily with Boaz Myhill and Anders Lindegaard as viable goalkeeping options. Foster was injured back in March v Stoke City. Originally believed to be a cartilage tear, an exploratory operation revealed damage to the anterior cruciate ligament which was expected to take around 6-months to heal. Under Pulis West Brom have kept clean sheets in fourteen of their 24 PL games and their steady progress has been built upon a solid defensive foundation which was strengthened even further by the summer signing of Jonny Evans. West Brom have kept successive clean sheets since the Irish international arrived at the club.
Source: BBC Sport
Mon, Sep 28, 2015 06:24:00 AM

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.
Source: BBC Sport
Thu, May 28, 2015 05:45:00 AM

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
Fri, May 22, 2015 10:18:00 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.
Sun, Mar 22, 2015 11:57:00 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.
Mon, Mar 16, 2015 05:48:00 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.
Mon, Feb 9, 2015 04:09:00 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.
Wed, Jan 14, 2015 01:35:00 PM