Player News - West Bromwich Albion

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Daniel Sturridge was forced off with an injury after just three minutes as West Brom were beaten 3-0 by Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on Monday.

West Brom suffered a major blow early as Sturridge's match came to an end within minutes, limping off the the pitch after a challenge for possession with Cesar Azpilicueta. Jay Rodriguez was brought on and nearly put the Baggies ahead, but fired wide one-on-one with Thibaut Courtois. Salomon Rondon also missed a quality chance early, heading a bullet cross from Matt Phillips wide of the goal. Trailing 1-0 after the break but still in the affair, Rondon and Jonny Evans both missed chances before Chelsea sealed the match through Victor Moses and Eden Hazard. With West Brom bottom of the table and seven points from safety, expect manager Alan Pardew to rest Sturridge for this weekend's FA Cup match against Southampton.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 12 - 6:18 PM

Jake Livermore will miss West Brom's trip to Stamford Bridge as he recovers from a hamstring injury.

Jake Livermore's absence continues leaving Claudio Yacob and Gareth Barry as the likely pairing at the base of midfield against Chelsea on Monday. The duo were outclassed against Southampton last weekend and even with Chelsea's recent struggles it seems hard to fathom that the Blues wouldn't have the midfield dynamism to overrun Yacob and Barry on Monday. Perhaps Alan Pardew takes a page out of Tony Pulis' book and inserts an additional center back to help stem the tide but if he doesn't, look for Chelsea to run riot.
Source: espn.com
Feb 9 - 3:58 PM

Jonny Evans should be sufficiently recovered from his back ailment to play at least some part against Chelsea on Monday Night Football.

The former Manchester United man has been struggling for fitness recently but has been rated as available, if not fully fit, for Monday's clash with the defending champions. Given Chelsea's form, a full strength West Brom side could take an unlikely point or three at Stamford Bridge. Whether Evans starts or is only available as a substitute is another question entirely.
Source: espn.com
Feb 9 - 3:54 PM

Jay Rodriguez will be available to Alan Pardew in Week 27 as claims that he racially abused Gaetan Bonk of Brighton are investigated.

For his part, Jay Rodriguez denies any wrong-doing in the incident. The club is backing their man and the manager has indicated that not only will Rodriguez be available but that he will pick him. Over and above Rodriguez's status for this week, Pardew has to figure out how to mesh three fairly distinctive forward styles between newly arrived Daniel Sturridge, JRod, and Salomon Rondon. Rodriguez has been playing very well so the hope would be that any solution would feature him as the lone proven solution at West Brom. Daniel Sturridge is surely enticing given his track record but until he does it at the Hawthorns then Rodriguez should be the first name on the team sheet in attack.
Source: espn.com
Feb 9 - 3:51 PM

West Brom watched as the other bottom-dwellers slowly pulled away with a 3-2 loss to Southampton.

It was a disappointing result for West Brom as the Baggies started things off right in just the fourth minute when Ahmed Hegazi connected with a Chris Brunt cross for a strong header into the back of the net. But the Baggies fell apart around the half, conceded three straight goals after their opening goal. Salomon Rondon was able to pull one back in the 72nd minute with another header, but West Brom couldn't fight back from such a deficit. In team news, Daniel Sturridge made his first start since arriving on a Deadline Day loan from Liverpool.
Source: NBC Sports
Feb 3 - 12:11 PM

Jonny Evans has recovered from the "injury" that kept him out of West Brom's Week 25 match that happened to coincide with the closing of a transfer window where Evans was much-discussed.

Whether Evans was legitimately injured or not isn't terribly important at this point. What is important is that he won't be leaving West Brom until the summer at the earliest and that he seems to be ready to go heading into the Week 26 match-up against Southampton at the Hawthorns. Look for Evans to be restored to the starting eleven for a match where Albion have a reasonable chance of posting a clean sheet.
Source: espn.com
Feb 2 - 2:00 PM

West Brom remain at the bottom of the table after a 3-0 defeat by Manchester City at the Etihad.

West Brom travelled to Manchester unbeaten in their last four matches, but Alan Pardew's side could do little against the league leaders. The Baggies were pinned back for the entirety of the match and saw little of the ball in the attacking third until the late introduction of Daniel Sturridge. Sturridge, who joined on loan from Liverpool earlier this week, looked sharp and showed flashes of the attacking edge the club will need to fight off relegation. The defeat means West Brom sit in 20th, on 20 points, ahead of a must win match against Southampton on Saturday.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 6:48 PM

West Bromwich Albion announced one of its biggest signings in club history with a move for Daniel Sturridge.

Albeit, the club confirmed a loan for the Liverpool striker for the remainder of the season; still it's a massive coup for the Baggies as they fight relegation. The Birmingham native joins West Brom after recording 48 goals in 98 Premier League games for Liverpool, including a career-best 22 goals and eight assists in 2013/14. Injuries have limited him to only 55 games in the past four seasons, including just 15 appearances this season, but when healthy (and with a World Cup spot potentially up for grabs) Sturridge could be a menace at the top of the Baggies formation. Said Sturridge: "There were many things in deciding on this move. The manager spoke very well when we talked about the challenge with the team, there was the style of play and this feels like it was the right fit at the right time. I've got some friends here who are West Brom fans so I can't let them down as much as the any of the Albion supporters."
Jan 29 - 5:50 PM

West Brom took a step toward leaving the relegation zone in a 1-1 draw away at Everton on Saturday.

West Brom still sit two points from leaving the relegation zone, but going undefeated in three matches this week—including an FA Cup game—has certainly raised the club's spirits. Jay Rodriguez put the Baggies ahead in just the eighth minute after Grzegorz Krychowiak sent a brilliant outside-of-the-foot pass in between Everton defenders for Rodriguez to coolly put away for his fourth goal of the season. But Everton answered back in the 70th minute thanks to Oumar Niasse's equalizer, and West Brom watched as its final shot of the game hit the crossbar in the 96th minute.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 12:25 PM

Craig Dawson, fresh off scoring on his return to the starting line-up, faces a late fitness check ahead of West Brom's trip to Goodison Park.

The center back is expected to pass his test but it is worth pointing out that he is not a certain starter for Alan Pardew. It would be a shame if he weren't able to participate as Pardew is presumably eager to retain the same line-up that saw him pick up his first win as West Brom manager and the club's first win since August. Ahmed Hegazi faces a similar situation where he is expected to feature but isn't 100% certain with a minor injury.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 19 - 12:05 PM

West Brom beat Brighton 2-0 at The Hawthorns to ease the pressure on manager Alan Pardrew.

Centre-back Jonny Evans headed Albion in front after four minutes when he headed in a flick-on by Jay Rodriguez from a corner by Matt Phillips. In typical West Brom fashion, another defender scored to double their lead before half-time. This time it was Craig Dawson who headed home a Brunt cross. West Brom have now ended a 20 game winless streak in the PL, whilst Brighton suddenly find themselves down in the relegation zone after starting the day in 12th.
Source: BBC Sport
Jan 13 - 1:28 PM

Jonny Evans should be available for Alan Pardew on Saturday despite a foot injury that kept him out of the FA Cup and persistent rumors linking him to Manchester City or Arsenal during the January window.

The foot injury that kept Evans out in mid-week was clearly fairly minor. Perhaps the bigger worry for Albion is the long-term future of the former Manchester United center back. Both Manchester City and Arsenal have been linked to moves and both clubs certainly need the sort of stability and Premier League experience that Evans can offer. Evans' departure should be anticipated over the next couple of weeks with him likely missing a match toward the end of the month as negotiations heat up.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 2:05 PM

Craig Dawson was omitted from West Brom's FA Cup match over the weekend with fatigue as the reported reason, he is back and available for the Brighton match after being rested.

Craig Dawson has had an on-again/off-again campaign this season due to injury after being a stalwart over a long-period of time for West Brom. Dawson has been playing recently in the Premier League under Alan Pardew but then missed the FA Cup over the weekend due to "fatigue" which is something you wouldn't have associated with Dawson under Tony Pulis when he was more-or-less ever-present. It could just be the club not really prioritizing the FA Cup or maybe it is a matter of still rounding into shape after his injuries earlier in the season. Regardless, expect Dawson to be back in the starting eleven for the visit of Brighton on Saturday.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 1:31 PM

Matt Phillips missed West Brom's FA Cup match last weekend but will be back to face Brighton at the Hawthorns.

Phillips has struggled with minor injuries this season but has been a creative force when available and starting. With Alan Pardew's men struggling for goals the return of Phillips will significantly improve their chances this weekend. This is even more true with fellow attacking midfielders James Morrison and Nacer Chadli out for at least an additional month each after failing to recover from Achilles and hip injuries respectively.
Source: espnfc.com
Jan 12 - 1:23 PM

Alan Pardew named a strong side at Exeter City in the FA Cup on Saturday.

The Baggies boss made just four changes for the tricky third-round tie at St James’ Park. Claudio Yacob and Jake Livermore were named on the bench while Craig Dawson was rested after picking up a slight knock at West Ham. Pardew also confirmed the defender had "very, very high" levels of fatigue following his recent return from a long-term knee injury. Jonny Evans was the other notable absentee after complaining of a ‘sore foot’ following training on Friday. Officially, the club say his withdrawal was precautionary, although with the centre-back heavily linked with a January move away from the club, the update will only serve to fan the flames of the rumour mill with Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United heavily linked.
Jan 6 - 10:35 AM


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