Steve Clarke praises West Brom's medical team in ensuring Shane Long can play through injury
Steve Clarke has praised West Brom's medical team who have been ensuring Shane Long is able to play through injury.
Last Updated: 12/11/12 11:10am
Long has been constantly suffering from a hamstring injury, something the club managed to keep under wraps until Republic of Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni made it public during a press conference.
Long has still played a key role in the Baggies' impressive start to the season although the 25-year-old has not completed a full 90 minutes.
"There is an injury to Shane that everyone knows about now through circumstances we couldn't control," said Clarke.
"Playing through an injury is just a measure of how much they want to play for the club, which is great.
"They put their body on the line and play with little injuries - but we also have had great help from our medical staff.
"They go about their job quietly but play their full part as well in getting the players into a good place.
"The medical staff do all they can to make my job more difficult so I've got more options to choose from every week."