Hodgson urges striker patience
Roy Hodgson has urged Simon Cox to seize any opportunity he gets during Shane Long's injury lay-off.
Last Updated: 27/10/11 6:42pm
West Brom boss Roy Hodgson has urged striker Simon Cox to seize any opportunity he gets during Shane Long's injury lay-off.
Republic of Ireland international Cox has been on the fringes of the Baggies' first team having played just 24 minutes in two Premier League substitute appearances this season.
The 24-year-old may get his chance in the near future after international colleague Long was ruled out for six weeks with a knee injury.
Peter Odemwingie and Somen Tchoyi seem likely to be given the nod above Cox to start Saturday's match against Liverpool.
But Hodgson reckons Cox, a £1.5million signing from Swindon in July 2009, will have an important role to play for club and country in the coming weeks.
He said: "He's been involved in every game so far but with him, Odemwingie, Long and Tchoyi we have four strikers competing for two places so he's not had much of a look-in.
"But with Long out it brings him much closer and, furthermore, I must say his training has been very good.
"His desire and enthusiasm has also been there and when he gets his chance I'm sure he'll be ready to take it.
"So it's important for us he maintains his level because there is also the Irish game coming up and he looks like he will be the major influence, along with Jon Walters - certainly if Robbie Keane doesn't recover."