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Clarke: Peter can soar for Eagles

STEVE CLARKE expects striker Peter Odemwingie to be called up by Nigeria for the upcoming African Nations Cup if he continues his current form for West Brom.

But head coach Clarke is confident Albion have the strength in depth to cope with the loss of Odemwingie and DR Congo midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu if they are called into international action in January.

Odemwingie has produced a string of fine performances to help the Baggies into third spot in the Premier League ahead of this evening's clash at Swansea. He has had an up and down relationship with his country, but Clarke said: "If Peter continues in the current form he's in, I'd think Nigeria would select him.

"He has been playing really well for us, he has been fantastic.

"If Nigeria want to go with their best players, I'm sure Peter would be in that squad for the African Nations Cup.

"But we have cover for Peter - and Youssouf's absence as well. I've said that all along if people get called up, we have the squad to cover him."