Foster groin problem gives Myhill a chance
Thursday 22 November 2012
The West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out of tomorrow's Premier League match at Sunderland after suffering a setback in his recovery from a groin injury.
The former England international has already missed victories over Wigan Athletic and Chelsea after undergoing minor surgery last week. But now the problem has flared up in another part of his groin and the Baggies manager Steve Clarke is unsure when the 29-year-old will be able to return to action.
Clarke said: "Ben won't be fit this week. We are thinking he's got a similar problem on the other side of the groin now. We will get that checked out but he definitely won't be fit for Saturday."
Asked when Foster was likely to return, Clarke said: "I don't know. I'll leave that to my medical staff and we will assess it again after the weekend."
Foster has played a key role in Albion establishing themselves in the top flight but Clarke has confidence in his replacement, Boaz Myhill.
The former Hull City goalkeeper produced several fine saves during the win over Chelsea – Albion's sixth triumph in seven home games this season.
Clarke said: "Boaz waited for his chance patiently but was the consummate professional every day he came in, and his performances have shown that since getting into the side."
The midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu has also been ruled out with a hamstring injury. Clarke said: "He won't be fit this weekend but we are very hopeful he will be fit for midweek against Swansea."
The central defender Gareth McAuley is back in contention after missing the Chelsea triumph with a hamstring injury.
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