Thursday 17 April 2014

Clarke hails Reid for playing on with broken leg

WEST BROM manager Steve Clarke has revealed that fit-again defender Steven Reid played with a broken leg for 45 minutes of last month's clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

Reid made his comeback as a substitute during Tuesday's FA Cup defeat against QPR at the Hawthorns, with West Brom having kept the extent of the Irish international's injury under wraps until now.

Clarke said: "We didn't release it a the time, but it was a fractured fibula Steven got against Arsenal. He played for 45 minutes with a broken leg, which shows the character of the boy. I've put it out there now because I want people to know that.

"Sometimes people think 'Steven is always injured' but he has been unlucky. He's had a number of serious injuries, but he has an incredibly strong mental strength and he wants to play. He keeps saying 'I'm okay, gaffer'."

He famously had a run-in with Ireland manager Giovanni Trapattoni when the Italian questioned his ability to play on after a series of serious knee injuries.

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