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Albion duo withdrawn from internationals

23 March 2015

Pulis explains Albion decision

ALBION strikers Saido Berahino and Brown Ideye have been withdrawn from international duty because of injury.

The Baggies contacted both the England and Nigeria football associations over the weekend to inform them of the players’ withdrawal.

Ideye was unable to figure against Manchester City on Saturday because of a knee problem while Berahino, who has been playing despite ankle difficulties, had to be substituted late in the game.

Both players have been key figures in Tony Pulis' side - Ideye has scored seven goals this term, while Berahino has netted 18 times.

Now the Albion head coach has insisted both players use the two-week international break to recover from their injuries.

“The two lads have done brilliantly for us in recent weeks,” said Pulis. 

“I cannot praise them highly enough.

“Everyone knows we are short on numbers up front and we have had to press the two of them into battle. It has not been ideal but they have taken it on without complaint. Their attitude has been first class.

“The last thing we wanted to do was stop them playing for their countries. They both desperately wanted to. Brown has worked really hard to get back into the Nigeria selection and Saido loves playing for England.

“But sometimes you have to protect the lads from themselves. They simply were not fit enough to take on the prospect of two more games. 

“They need to recover from their injuries. I felt I had to act in the best interests of West Bromwich Albion and the players themselves.”

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