West Brom v Norwich preview

West Brom v Norwich preview

Published Jan. 13, 2012 7:16 a.m. ET

West Brom head coach Roy Hodgson will check on the fitness of six first-team regulars before naming his side.

Hodgson has to assess the chances of centre-backs Gareth McAuley and Jonas Olsson (both calf), winger Jerome Thomas (groin), midfielders Paul Scharner (Achilles) and Youssouf Mulumbu (groin) plus striker Shane Long (back) being available.

Skipper Chris Brunt (fractured ankle), fellow midfielder Zoltan Gera (knee) and defender Steven Reid (ankle and knee) are definitely ruled out.

Goalkeeper John Ruddy returns to the Norwich squad after missing the FA Cup win against Burnley after his partner gave birth to their daughter.


Full-back Marc Tierney is back in training after recovering from a groin injury.

On-loan Manchester United defender Ritchie De Laet (back) is still out. Centre-forward James Vaughan and defender Elliott Ward (both knee) are still several weeks from returning.

WBA (from): Foster, Fulop, Jones, Jara-Reyes, Olsson, McAuley, Dawson, Tamas, Mattock, Shorey, Mulumbu, Morrison, Scharner, Thorne, Dorrans, Thomas, Tchoyi, Cox, Fortune, Odemwingie, Long, Bednar.

Norwich (from): Ruddy, Martin, Whitbread, Ayala, Drury, Fox, Tierney, Naughton, Crofts, Surman, Hoolahan, Bennett, Holt, Wilbraham, Jackson, Morison, Steer, Johnson, Lappin, Barnett, Rudd.