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Livermore in contention for Gunners clash

23 September 2017

JAKE Livermore will be available for Albion's Premier League trip to Arsenal on Monday night.

The Baggies and England midfielder was rested for last weekend's goalless draw against West Ham and the midweek Carabao Cup tie against Manchester City.

Livermore has been a victim of his own success this year, having played non-stop action for club and country since signing for the Baggies in January.

Much was made of the 27-year-old being given a brief breather following his exhaustive exploits, yet he has now returned to training and will be in contention for the trip to the Emirates Stadium (ko 8pm).

Head coach Tony Pulis said: "I've found the reaction ridiculous. If people look at Jake's schedule since January and the fact he went away with England at the end of the season, and so had a shorter break than everybody else, they should understand.

"He then went straight into pre-season training with us and in retrospect I should have maybe given him a longer break.

"But we looked at his stats and his levels were down and we had a chat. Jake confirmed that he was a little tired and so I decided to give him a couple of days off.

"He's back in now and I hope he's going to be tearing around the training pitch like normal. He's definitely available for the Arsenal game."

Albion will assess Chris Brunt, Nacer Chadli and Oliver Burke ahead of the trip to north London.


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