Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Saido Berahino and Ben Foster face late fitness tests ahead of West Brom's match with West Ham at the Hawthorns.

The Baggies had their say on the title race on Monday when they held Spurs to a draw. The outcome was a big deal in the grander scheme of the title race but it might have taken it's toll on a couple of West Brom players. Saido Berahino and Ben Foster both came away nursing ankle injuries and neither are sufficiently recovered to be definite participants against West Ham on Saturday. Check both as close to kick-off as you can before making any line-up decisions.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 29 - 1:06 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
Apr 25 - 6:11 PM

West Brom will be without two key starters for Monday night's away fixture against second-place Tottenham due to a pair of ankle injuries.

Manager Tony Pulis confirmed that forward Saido Berahino sustained an ankle injury in a 2-0 loss to Arsenal on Thursday and could not recover in time to face Spurs. The club switched to a 4-3-3 to accommodate Salomon Rondon and Craig Gardner's return to the starting lineup. Meanwhile, Ben Foster will also miss Monday night's match due to an ankle injury discovered the day after the Arsenal match, which Pulis said could cause the starting keeper to miss the weekend match against West Ham as well with Boaz Myhill set to fill in.
Apr 25 - 2:47 PM

West Brom was punchless in their 2-0 loss to Arsenal at the Emirates on Thursday.

Tony Pulis chose not to field a traditional center forward against a team that struggles against such players. Saido Berahino was a lonely figure as a lone forward in the first half with Rondon on the bench. Albion played better with Rondon on in the second half but we're already down 2-0 and never seemed too likely to get back in the match in a meaningful way.
Source: Espnfc.com
Apr 21 - 5:19 PM

Saido Berahino was denied twice from the penalty spot as Watford won at the Hawthorns.

The season-long drama between Tony Pulis and Saido Berahino took another turn as the young striker twice had a chance to equalize Ben Watson's opener. Twice Berahino failed sentencing the Baggies to a home loss that drops them below the Hornets in the standings.
Apr 16 - 12:47 PM

If today's team news is to be believed, James Morrison will miss both matches in Week 34 and then the Baggies subsequent match before returning for the final three matches of the season.

It has been an Aaron Ramsey-esque hamstring issue that has caused James Morrison to miss nearly the entire second half of the Baggies' season. He missed his first match with the complaint in mid-January and it looks like he won't be back until late-April or early May. Despite the absence of a player who was having something of a break-out season at age 29, the Baggies look like they'll survive comfortably and return for another season of Premier League football.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:57 AM

Salomon Rondon picked up a back injury last weekend but he has overcome it and will be available for both of the Baggies' Week 34 matches against Watford and Arsenal.

When healthy, Salomon Rondon seems to be Tony Pulis' pick to lead the line for the Baggies. He is a classic Pulis forward who is as much the first wave of defense as he is an effective attacking force. Expect Rondon to start both Week 34 matches if his back holds up. What that means for Stephane Sessegnon and Saido Berahino's chances of starting isn't clear.
Source: BBC Sport
Apr 15 - 10:54 AM

Stephane Sessegnon scored an early screamer past Joe Hart but gave it back in the form of a penalty committed as West Brom dropped a 2-1 decision to Manchester City.

It all started brightly for the Baggies with Stephane Sessegnon freezing Joe Hart and scoring to his near side in the 6th minute. The lead lasted only 13 minutes before Sessegnon committed an ill-advised foul in his own penalty area. Sergio Aguero converted the penalty to level the tie. The Baggies held tight into the second half but couldn't keep Samir Nasri out of the net after Aguero gathered his own rebound and passed to the former France international. The Baggies put significant pressure on late but couldn't find the equalizer.
Apr 9 - 2:34 PM

Stephane Sessegnon will be available again in Week 33 after Tony Pulis decided he had returned too late from international duty to feature last weekend.

Exactly how Sessegnon fits into the squad now that he is available isn't clear. Tony Pulis is missing James Morrison and Chris Brunt from the ranks of players that could be considered creators in midfield. Given that the opposition this weekend is Manchester City, it may well be that Pulis is going to park the bus with central defenders and holding midfielders behind a lone forward or maybe two forwards. Rate Sessegnon as no better than 50/50 to start.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 8 - 11:39 AM

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
Apr 2 - 12:31 PM

Callum McManaman could get some playing time this weekend after coming through a training match in mid-week healthy.

It seems unlikely that McManaman will get a start right away after playing his first training match in mid-week. It is more likely that he'll get a substitute appearance this weekend and then contend for a starting spot for Week 33 and beyond as the Baggies play out the Premier League season's final weeks. He has almost no fantasy value this weekend.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 1 - 4:03 PM

James Morrison is reportedly "getting closer" but he won't be fit in time to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light in Week 32 action.

It must have been an Arsenal-level hamstring tear that sidelined Morrison because he is nearing the end of his third full month out injured. The initial prognosis was two months out which would have had him back just before or, at worst, just after the international break. As it turns out, he won't be ready to rejoin his teammates as they return from the break to face the Black Cats. Morrison could be a nice pick-up down the stretch in single-ownership leagues as he was having a very good year when he went out injured. It is likely that few managers had the patience to keep an injured Morrison on their benches.
Source: espnfc.com
Apr 1 - 4:00 PM

An unexpected result at the Hawthorns today as West Bromwich Albion were defeated 0-1 by Norwich City.

The Baggies had not lost a league match at home since Christmas. The Canaries had not won a match on any ground since the 2nd of January. Naturally, today's result went the opposite direction of these long-running trends. Jonny Evans returned from injury to get a start in the West Brom defense along with Craig Dawson who overcame a knock picked up last week. Norwich didn't threaten much, but they made the most of their limited chances with the lone goal of the match in the 50th minute. The Baggies came closest late on, when Salomon Rondon, who has been on fire in recent weeks, got the ball in a dangerous area, but Seb Bassong made a crucial tackle before Rondon could get a shot away. In fact, the Baggies failed to register a single shot on target on the day, running into a Norwich side that suddenly has learned how to defend.
Source: NBC Sports
Mar 19 - 1:34 PM

Craig Dawson would have missed out last weekend if Arsenal and West Brom had played their scheduled Premier League match last weekend.

The cancellation of the Arsenal match gave Dawson a chance to rest his injured foot but his status is still up in the air for Saturday's visit from relegation-threatened Norwich City. The Baggies defender is joined by Jonny Evans as questionable for the match meaning that Tony Pulis could have an almost full-strength defense or a rather make-shift one depending on the early Saturday news.
Source: espnfc.com
Mar 18 - 9:41 AM

Craig Dawson will get a chance to rest an ongoing foot problem if Arsenal beat Hull City in Tuesday nights’ fifth round FA Cup replay at the KC Stadium.

Dawson has been managing niggling foot complaint since the Newcastle game earlier this year and the Baggies defender will be looking forward to some additional recovery time with the prospect of a free weekend hinging on tomorrows’ game. West Brom are due to travel to the Emirates on Saturday but if the Gunners progress to the quarter-final stages of the cup then there game week thirty fixture will be re-arranged. The rest would give Tony Pulis’ men some much-needed time to recover before the visit of Norwich. That should see the likes of Jonny Evans return to the match day 18 while Callum McManaman and James Morrison would also be close.
Source: The Guardian
Mar 7 - 4:10 PM


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