Carlos Corberán offers squad fitness update & thoughts on Preston

Carlos Corberan is pictured in a press conference in front of advertising boards

Carlos Corberán says every single first-team player, apart from those recovering from long-term injuries, will train on Friday ahead of this weekend’s trip to Preston North End (ko 3pm).

The Baggies make the journey up the M6 on Saturday to face the only side yet to be beaten in the Sky Bet Championship so far this season.

Corberán revealed defenders Semi Ajayi and Erik Pieters each missed practice session during the week, but hopes both are available for the Baggies’ clash with the Lilywhites.

Nigeria international Ajayi is set to be included in the matchday squad

The boss said: “We will train on Friday with every single player, apart from the players who have been out for a long period of time.

“The only player who hasn’t completed a full and normal week is Semi Ajayi. Erik Pieters has missed just one training session this week.

“Semi Ajayi will train as normal on Friday. The two days previous to that he had been training separately with the physios because he took a knock to his ankle in the final moments of our match with Millwall.”

Saturday’s hosts have been one of the division’s most impressive performers in the opening eight games of the 2023/24 campaign, winning six and drawing two.

They boast a record of 12 points from 12 at Deepdale, beating Sunderland, Swansea City, Plymouth Argyle and Birmingham City in front of their own supporters by four consecutive 2-1 scorelines.

And Corberán says his players have to approach the encounter with the highest possible commitment levels.

“Saturday’s challenge is a very big one for us.

“They have done very good things and that’s backed up by the numbers and the stats that they have.

“We need to prepare very well and face the game with our highest commitment levels, focus on our strengths and then show them on the pitch.

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“Everything that they have been working on this season has been rewarded. They’ve had a very positive start.

“Preston have a lot of strengths. They play with a three at the back, with a two in midfield and with three attackers. They are very quick in transition and their first thought is always to go forward, rather than coming back.

“They don’t get frustrated when things aren’t going their way, and that’s a very important skill to have not only in football, but also in life. It helps you change things positively.

“I know that West Bromwich Albion players are going to go to Preston and represent West Bromwich Albion in the best way possible. We are going to represent more than 2,000 supporters who will be at the stadium with us and the thousands more who will be supporting from home.

“We will give our best to win the game for all of these reasons.”

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