Baggies back Gera stance
By Mark Buckingham
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Brom insist they have acted by the book over Hungary midfielder Zoltan Gera.West Bromwich Albion insist they have acted in accordance with the rules in preventing Zoltan Gera from linking up with the Hungary squad.
Gera will miss Hungary's upcoming World Cup qualifiers with a groin injury but his absence has infuriated national team coach Lothar Matthaus.
The German legend has questioned West Brom's claims that Gera needs to rest his persistent groin injury as he played 90 minutes against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
Matthaus wants the Hungarian team's doctors to check on Gera's condition after The Baggies refused to release the midfielder.
Though Hungary can not qualify for the World Cup finals, Matthaus still wanted to have the 26-year-old at his disposal.
But West Brom are adamant that they have done nothing wrong in taking the stance that Gera is not fit to join up with his country.
"Our medical team has hidden nothing and has nothing to hide," said the club's director-secretary Dr John Evans in a statement.
"It is very easy to sit 1,000 miles away and criticise but our medical staff have done everything by the book and by Fifa regulations.
"Hungary have every right to send a specialist to England to examine Zoltan."
Baggies boss Bryan Robson has already stated that Gera is a doubt for the club's next game against Arsenal on October 15.