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Peter fears for his place

Striker knows he faces tough task after ban

PETER Odemwingie admits he fears for his place in Albion’s starting XI when he returns from a three-match ban for violent conduct.

The Nigeria striker was sent-off in the 38th minute of the Baggies’ 3-0 defeat at Fulham on Saturday for lashing out at Sascha Riether.

He will now miss the Barclays Premier League games with Reading and Villa, as well as the Capital One Cup tie with Liverpool.

And, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku, Chris Brunt, Zoltan Gera, Graham Dorrans, Markus Rosenberg and Yassine El Ghanassy waiting in the wings, he knows he is likely to face a tough task to break back into the team on his return.

“We have a lot of good players on the bench and some that didn’t even make the squad on Saturday – they are very good players,” said Odemwingie.

“Confidence is high in the team and as a squad we all have to contribute throughout the season.

“I will work hard over the next couple of weeks to make sure I don’t lose my position.

“But it is a worry that I might not get my starting shirt back.

“I’ll miss three games but I’ve been in the game for quite a while and I believe I will come through the next few weeks okay.”