West Bromwich Albion received a significant boost ahead of their championship game against local rivals Birmingham City over the weekend after defender Matt Clarke ended his injury.
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The Brighton and Hove Albion loanee has been on the treatment table with an Achilles tendon problem since late August when he hobbled in the 2-1 win at Blackburn Rovers before half-time.
However, he returned to the field before the West Brom U23 international break before taking on the bench against Stoke City.
“I feel like I’m ready now, but it’s international break and there are no games,” said Clarke after the defeat at Bet365. “It gives me the chance to catch up even further in terms of fitness and sharpness. We’ll see where we stand when the games return.”
But with national football resuming in the coming days, the center-back is expected to make a comeback against Birmingham, which former Baggies striker Kevin Phillips believes will be a sizable bonus for Valerien Ismael’s protégés.
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In an exclusive interview with West Brom News, Phillips said: “Of course, now with the break you want to think that he will be there for the next game.
“He’s got a big boost, he’s got a few minutes under his belt, we know how experienced he is and where West Brom is right now. That will be a big boost. “
Valerien Ismael will be happy
The Midlands team have come out victorious in all three games Clarke started on loan from Brighton for a full season, which means Ismael will be delighted to see his star defender return to action.
Despite his limited action, the 25-year-old has already demonstrated his true potential with the Hawthorns, averaging 2.3 interceptions per league game, the highest number among his teammates according to WhoScored.
Clarkes has also won 5.7 air duels and made 2.7 clearances during his appearances in the second division, which puts him in third place among his West Brom colleagues in both values, which shows his importance for Ishmael’s protégés.
In his absence, Albion has only won two out of six games, which just goes to show how big the miss was.
Hopefully they’ll get back to winning ways when he returns this weekend.
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