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Berahino suffers injury blow

18 June 2015

Albion man due to assessed

ALBION will assess the knee injury which has forced Saido Berahino to abandon his England role at the European Under 21 championships.

The Baggies striker is due to return home from the Czech Republic today after picking up the injury during training ahead of England’s opening game against Portugal.

It’s a disappointing end to an eventful season for the 21-year-old who was England’s leading scorer in qualification and a key figure in manager Gareth Southgate’s plans.

But now the focus will be on the 20-goal top scorer’s Albion duties as he prepares to fly home from the England camp. 

The Club’s Performance Director Dr Mark Gillett: “We are hopeful the injury is not too serious.

“We are grateful to the FA for putting the player’s welfare first even though it will obviously be disappointing for Saido to miss out on the tournament.

“But now the first phase is to assess fully what the problem is and then we can sort out a programme for his recovery and rehabilitation.”

Speaking about Berahino's withdrawal, Southgate said: "It’s a great personal disappointment for Saido. He’s very conscious of it not affecting the team and we’re personally disappointed for him because he’s been with us from the very first game, scored our first goal and has been a huge part of the reason why we’re here.

"It’s a great shame he won’t be able to finish the job."

Albion’s players return from their shorter-than-usual summer breaks next weekend (June 27 and 28) before the pre-season schedule picks up momentum with a training trip to Austria the following week.

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