Thursday 22 February 2018

Ben Foster closer to return from knee injury

West Brom manager Tony Pulis is looking forward to Ben Foster's return from injury
West Brom manager Tony Pulis is looking forward to Ben Foster's return from injury

Ben Foster could end his West Brom injury nightmare next month.

The goalkeeper is set to resume training as he continues his recovery from a cruciate knee ligament injury.

Foster has been out since March and was expected back this month but suffered a setback which boss Tony Pulis thought would keep him out until Christmas.

But the England international is due to resume training next week - in a huge boost to his Euro 2016 hopes - and could be available by the end of November.

"Ben is hopefully on the grass next week, that's getting closer for us," said Pulis, ahead of Saturday's Barclays Premier League visit of Leicester.

"I don't think people have mentioned it as often as they could have, in respect to missing such an influential player - and an influential player in the dressing room as well.

"It's been a little bit of a setback but the lads have coped very well with it."

Deputy Boaz Myhill has kept six clean sheets in 10 Barclays Premier League games this season to earn praise from Pulis and keep summer signing Anders Lindegaard on the bench.

"He is a very sound lad, he knows the score and the game. It's interesting to see how he has coped with it," Pulis said.

"Anders has been a good back up and that helps. The year before I was at Crystal Palace and we had (Julian) Speroni. We bought (Wayne) Hennessey in and Speroni went up another level.

"Bo has done exceptionally well. One person doesn't keep clean sheets, it's got to be the whole team.

"That's very important people recognise it. It's not the centre-backs, it's everyone together as one unit. It's a tough season."

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