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Carlos Corberán provides fitness boost on Baggies duo

Carlos Corberán coaching Kyle Bartley out on the training pitch

Carlos Corberán has revealed Baggies duo John Swift and Kyle Bartley will be available for selection at Hull City.

Albion take on the Tigers at the MKM Stadium on Saturday lunchtime, with the boss confirming both are set to be included in the matchday squad.

Midfielder Swift received a knock during the second-half of Tuesday’s 3-0 win at Plymouth, while Bartley hasn’t featured in any of the last three encounters having sustained a calf injury in the 2-2 draw at Ipswich.

Corberán did deliver one piece of disappointing news though, stating striker Brandon Thomas-Asante is expected to be out of action for at least the next couple of weeks.

Carlos Corberán talking to John Swift on the training pitch
John Swift could feature once again on Saturday

Carlos said: “Kyle Bartley is fit for Saturday’s game.

“He’s been working very hard to be back fit as soon as possible. He’s wanted to be back with the team.

“He’ll be in the squad for the match.

“John Swift suffered a kick against Plymouth on Tuesday, but he’s been training as normal with the group and he’s going be ready for Saturday’s game as well.

“The player who won’t be ready is Brandon Thomas-Asante.

Brandon Thomas-Asante on the ball in training with a mannequin either side of him
Striker Brandon Thomas-Asante won't be involved on Saturday at Hull

“There’s a bit of a gap in terms of when we might expect him to be available again, somewhere between two to five weeks.

“He will go for another scan.

“The reason for the long gap is because the injury he has is close to the tendon.

“It means we have to be sure everything is fixed before he comes back, because another injury could mean he’s at higher risk of picking up a bigger problem.

“That’s why there is an open gap for when we will determine if he’s fit to come back to the group.”

Carlos Corberán sat in the dugout in the middle of Jorge Alarcon and Damia Abella

Hosts Hull City are in a great run of form and have claimed maximum points in five of their last six matches.

The Tigers return to the MKM Stadium after winning three on the spin on their travels, including a 2-1 triumph at high-flying Southampton on Tuesday.

Corberán insists it’s no surprise to see them doing so well and believes this weekend’s encounter provides a completely different challenge to the one Albion tackled in the West Country in midweek.

“We’re expecting a completely different test both defensively and offensively against Hull compared to Tuesday’s night game with Plymouth.

“Plymouth were one team where their key was to defend more than to press.

Carlos Corberán and Liam Rosenior in the respective dugouts during the game against Albion and Hull in November 2023
The Baggies beat Liam Rosenior's Tigers 3-1 in the reverse fixture

“Hull are very comfortable with the ball and they will press us. Their goalkeeper, who worked with their manager at Derby before, could play in midfield because he’s so good with the ball. That's the type of team we're playing this weekend.

“They have created a squad which is capable of creating one identity. This identity is different to Plymouth.

“Whether it’s better than Plymouth’s or worse than Plymouth’s - I think Plymouth are a team who are competing very well with their possibilities and I think Hull are another team who are competing very well based on their possibilities.

“If you asked me if I am surprised if Hull are up near the top end of the table, I would say that there is no surprise for me whatsoever.

“It’s not a surprise when you look at the coach that they have, the players they have and the market they have just completed in January. It’s obvious they will be up there.”

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