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Albion v Fulham - team news

22 February 2014

Mel makes three changes - one enforced

PEPE Mel makes three changes – one enforced - to the side that drew 1-1 with Chelsea 11 days ago.

Billy Jones (knee) and Jonas Olsson (hamstring) return from injury to take their places in defence.

And Youssouf Mulumbu is restored to the Baggies’ starting XI as cover for the injured Claudio Yacob (hamstring).

The other men to make way are the benched Craig Dawson and Steven Reid, who is left out altogether.

The game comes too soon for Stephane Sessegnon, who only returned to training this week following five weeks on the sidelines due to a groin problem.

New Cottagers boss Felix Magath - in his first game in charge - makes five changes to the team that lost 3-2 at home to Liverpool last time out.

Brede Hangeland, Scott Parker, Fernando Amorebieta, Ashkan Dejagah and Hugo Rodallega come in.

The men to make way are benched trio John Arne Riise, William Kvist and Dan Burn, while Darren Bent and Ryan Tunnicliffe are left out altogether.

ALBION: Foster, Jones, McAuley, Olsson, Ridgewell, Mulumbu, Morrison, Brunt, Amalfitano, Berahino, Thievy. Subs: Myhill (gk), Dawson, Anichebe, Dorrans, Sinclair, Vydra, Gera.

FULHAM: Stekelenburg, Riether, Hangeland, Heitinga, Amorebieta; Dejagah, Parker, Sidwell, Richardson, Holtby; Rodallega. Subs: Stockdale (gk), Riise, Kvist, Kasami, Mitroglou, Burn, Tanković.

REFEREE: M Dean (Wirral).

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