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Mulumbu out as boss issues challenge

Key midfielder suspended for City clash

STEVE Clarke insists his squad can cope with the loss of Youssouf Mulumbu against Manchester City on Wednesday (ko 8pm) – as he challenged his men to bounce back in style.

The Baggies boss will be without the DR Congo international as he serves a one-match ban for picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at Newcastle.

But, having pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Old Trafford in September, Clarke has his eye on extending Albion’s unbeaten home league record to five games by completing a Manchester double.

“Youssouf’s picked up his fifth yellow,” he said.

“But I think, with the number of games to play in December, it was inevitable in one of them he would pick up a fifth yellow card.

“We have a squad of players we have built over the summer – it’s a good strong squad – and we’ll have to cope without Youssouf.”

He added: “Manchester City at home is a great game to bounce back in.

“We look forward to the big teams coming down to The Hawthorns and playing against them.

“It’s a big challenge for us but I’ve challenged the lads already to get the three points.

“It would be nice to do a Manchester double.

“Not many teams will do that this year and we’re in a position where we can do it, so that’s always a positive.

“We’re unbeaten in four at home and we’ll look to continue that on Wednesday against City.”