Wednesday 24 January 2018

Steven Reid and Peter Odemwinge in training ground spat

John Percy

Peter Odemwingie has reached an uneasy truce with West Bromwich Albion and could play at Liverpool despite a bust-up with team-mate Steven Reid.

Odemwingie has been fined £78,000 – two weeks’ wages – for his bizarre attempts to force a move to Queens Park Rangers and is understood to have been involved in a confrontation with Reid in the medical room at the training ground this week.


The 31-year-old clashed with Reid after his return to training and though the pair had a heated exchange – Reid had been publicly critical of Odemwingie earlier in the week – Odemwingie may be in contention to appear at Anfield on Monday night.


Odemwingie had trained on his own on Thursday but has made a full apology just a week after being accused of acting “wholly unprofessional” by chairman Jeremy Peace for driving to Loftus Road on transfer deadline day without West Bromwich’s permission.


Steve Clarke, the West Brom head coach, will hold further talks with the Nigerian over the weekend but has insisted he will be part of his plans for the remainder of the season.


He said: “It’s still to be determined whether Peter will be in the squad against Liverpool but I’ll involve him when I think it’s right to involve him.


“It’s difficult to comment on whether there’s any ill feeling in the dressing room. I’m hopeful that everyone would be happy that the situation has been resolved. Whether individuals are happy with certain others on a personal level is their business.


“I don’t think everything’s back to normal because what happened in the whole episode didn’t need to happen. It’s been a difficult time for the club. But me and the players need to move on and it’s important we try and keep the squad together.”


Odemwingie had also attacked the club on Twitter after they turned down two bids from QPR and his transfer request. But in a statement he said: “I understand how my actions have been viewed. I want to reassure everyone at the club and our fans that I will continue to give my all whenever I am selected. We have enjoyed a good season so far and I aim to play my part in keeping the club as high up the table as possible.”


Clarke will take his team to Liverpool in search of his first win this year but he will be without defender Goran Popov, who will be suspended for three games after spitting at Kyle Walker in the 1-0 defeat by Tottenham last Sunday.

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