West Brom boss Steve Clarke is confident they can cope without Youssouf Mulumbu and Peter Odemwingie
Steve Clarke believes West Brom are strong enough to cope with the loss of Youssouf Mulumbu and Peter Odemwingie.
Last Updated: 17/10/12 2:28pm
DR Congo midfielder Mulumbu and Nigeria striker Odemwingie may both be unavailable to the Baggies early next year if they are selected for the tournament in South Africa by their respective countries.
But Clarke insists they have enough strength in depth to cope if the pair are called up for the event from 19 January to 10 February 2013.
"We spoke about it at the start of the season. We knew we had the possibility of losing Youssouf if he decided to come out of international retirement, which he did," the Scotsman told the club's official website.
"I'm not really sure about Peter. He hasn't been called up to a Nigeria squad since I've been here. I don't know what his position is.
"We discussed it and we think we have enough in the squad to cover any absences in January.
"If not, it's a good month for it because the transfer window is open again in January, and if you need to address the situation you can.
"Many things can change between now and January, but as things stand we're comfortable with the squad we've got."