Gera 'chomping at the bit'
Zoltan Gera is 'chomping at the bit' to make his second debut for West Brom, but Paul Scharner will miss Saturday's game at Arsenal.
Last Updated: 02/11/11 8:58am
West Bromwich Albion assistant boss Michael Appleton admits Zoltan Gera is 'chomping at the bit' to make his second debut for the club after confirming Paul Scharner will miss Saturday's game at Arsenal.
Gera returned to The Hawthorns in the summer from Fulham, but an appearance for Roy Hodgson's side has been delayed due to an ankle injury.
He has been an unused substitute for the last two games and is now in contention to feature at the Emirates Stadium after being pulled out of a midweek reserve fixture.
"Whether he is ready to start, who knows?" Appleton told the club's official website. "The head coach will make up his mind on that.
"But physically, is he ready to start a game? He probably is and I think he'll be chomping at the bit.
"Whether the head coach gives him that opportunity - we'll see on Saturday.
"From a physical point of view he has had no reactions to his ankle over the last couple of weeks, so that has been really positive."
No major issues
Appleton also confirmed Austrian midfielder Scharner has not suffered a serious problem after picking up a knee injury in the 2-0 home defeat by Liverpool last weekend.
He added: "Paul's got a grade one tear to his medial ligament on his left knee.
"It's not a serious one but it is highly unlikely he is going to be fit to play at the weekend.
"I suppose, with the international break after that and the Bolton game not being for a further two weeks, he will be assessed by the sports science people and physios, who will be able to give us an indication of whether he will be ready for Bolton or not.
"There are a few other players carrying knocks. It was a tough game for us on Saturday but there are no major issues at the present time."