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Duo back to boost Baggies

Odemwingie and Gera could be involved against Norwich

Last Updated: 09/09/11 6:05pm

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Gera: Looking to make his first appearance for West Brom this Sunday

Gera: Looking to make his first appearance for West Brom this Sunday

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West Bromwich Albion are likely to welcome Peter Odemwingie and Zoltan Gera back into their squad against Norwich on Sunday.

Odemwingie has been struggling with an ankle injury, while Gera has not played for West Brom yet after suffering his own ankle problem for Fulham in May.

Striker Shane Long is also expected to be involved against the Canaries after being ruled out of the Republic of Ireland's Euro 2012 qualifiers against Slovakia and Russia.

Roy Hodgson's side have lost all three of their Premier League games this season by just one goal in each game, but the Baggies boss is pleased with his side's lack of injury problems.


He said: "We've been very fortunate. Considering we've had a long pre-season, and these international matches, our bill of health is fantastic.

"We can't complain at all.

"Shane's OK. He trained today. We'll have to see tomorrow if there is any reaction to today's training but if he can train tomorrow as well, he should be available for selection on Sunday.

"Peter is also OK. He has trained all week. Unless something was to happen between now and Sunday, he should be available for selection as well.

"Zoltan's done very well this week. It's been great to have him back in training, with his enthusiasm and passion. His ankle has stood up really well.

"Of course, he lacks match practice and match fitness because he hasn't played since the last game of last season and even then he'd missed a few games before."

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