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Albion announce Premier League Asia Trophy squad

14 July 2017

WEST Bromwich Albion can today announce their squad for the forthcoming Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong.

Tony Pulis will take 21 players to the Far East for the four-team tournament involving Liverpool, Leicester City and Crystal Palace at the Hong Kong Stadium.

The Baggies face the Foxes in their opening match on Wednesday (ko 11am UK time), before heading into either the final or third/fourth-placed play-off next Saturday against the Reds or Eagles.

The tour comes 39 years after Albion became the first English professional club to travel to China in an historic trip.

Jonny Evans will captain Albion but the club will not be able to call upon two long-serving favourites.

Gareth McAuley will not travel with the squad in order to remain at the training ground and focus on his preparations for the start of the 2017/18 season.

McAuley, who is recovering from a thigh injury sustained while on international duty with Northern Ireland, is not yet 'match ready' and Albion director of performance Mark Gillett said: "It's much better for Gareth to stay here and continue his recovery programme.

"He's still on course to be ready for the start of the season."

Head Coach Tony Pulis has cleared midfielder James Morrison to miss the trip following the bereavement of a close friend.

Albion's touring squad is as follows:

Jonny Evans (c), Chris Brunt, Nacer Chadli, Craig Dawson, Sam Field, Ben Foster, Rekeem Harper, Jonathan Leko, Jake Livermore, James McClean, Max Melbourne, Boaz Myhill, Allan Nyom, Dara O'Shea, Matt Phillips, Tyler Roberts, Hal Robson-Kanu, Jay Rodriguez, Salomon Rondon, Kane Wilson, Claudio Yacob. 


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