Foster suffers minor setback
TONY Pulis has cautioned Albion fans not to expect keeper Ben Foster to be challenging for first team football until around Christmas.
The England goalkeeper is recovering from cruciate knee ligament damage and has not played since March.
He was ruled out for a minimal six months but a 'slight setback' has now lengthened that forecast.
“I don’t see Ben being available until Christmastime,” admits Pulis.
“He had a little setback which pushed him back a little bit.
“He’s up and running now and fingers crossed he’ll be looking to get in at Christmas.”
Asked about Ben’s long-range prospects for his country at next summer’s European Championships finals Pulis said: “Ben’s target is start to play for Albion again. That’s the most important thing at the moment.
“To get fit and get back in the team. We have three senior keepers at the club but we will deal with that when it comes along.”
Albion have strengthened their goalkeeping department with the signing of Anders Lindgaard from Manchester United during the summer transfer window.
Lindgaard made his debut in the Capital One Cup tie at Norwich this week and is currently challenging Boaz Myhill for the No.1 spot.