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Pulis cools keeper 'crisis' talk

20 October 2017

TONY Pulis has alleviated concerns that Albion will be without a senior goalkeeper for Saturday's Premier League clash with Southampton (ko 5.30pm).

Ben Foster missed Monday's 1-1 draw at Leicester owing to a knee injury, whilst understudy Boaz Myhill reported a tight hamstring after the full time whistle at the King Power Stadium.

Addressing the media on Friday morning, the Baggies Head Coach indicated he expects one of the two stoppers to be fit to face the Saints.

"We've had Ben's scans back. He trained yesterday with Boaz and they'll do a little bit more today.

"We hope one of them will be fit enough to start but we don't know which.

"Things are looking brighter than they did after the game on Monday."

Albion travel to St Mary's Stadium looking to repeat last season's success, where Hal Robson-Kanu's first goal for the club sealed a 2-1 victory on New Year's Eve.

Pulis wants to capitalise on Southampton's dip in home form which has seen them fire blanks in eight of their last ten games at St Mary's.

"They're a good footballing team.

"Pellegrino has come in with his own ideas and the way he wants to play.

"From watching them in a couple of games away from St Mary's they seem a little more relaxed. They look a little more uptight at home.

"But I'm sure they'll become the team everyone knows they can be."

Summer signing Jay Rodriguez makes a return to his former club on Saturday. And Pulis wants his new frontman to relax and enjoy the occassion.

"Jay will get a great reception.

"He had a great time down at Southampton and we were fortunate enough to get a deal done for him.

"He had a couple of poor injuries there at the end and that probably stopped his progress.

"But he's moved on, he's enjoying it here and is popular in the dressing room.

"I want him to relax and enjoy it tomorrow."


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