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Popov and Reid eye WBA starts

West Brom defender Goran PopovGoran Popov and Steven Reid are back from injury and both vying to start in West Brom’s away trip to face Norwich City on Sunday.

Full-back Popov has been struggling with a calf problem of late, while midfielder Reid has also been battling to shake off an injury. The pair were fit enough to sit on the bench in Tuesday’s 1-0 defeat at Manchester City and will now be looking for a place in boss Steve Clarke’s starting XI for the game at Carrow Road this weekend.

Clarke will give skipper Chris Brunt as long as possible to prove his fitness as the influential midfielder has virtually overcome a knee injury which he picked up during last month’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle at the Hawthorns and has sidelined him for three games.

Gabriel Tamas will be available despite requiring stitches to a head wound caused by Aleksandar Kolarov’s high foot in a first-half challenge at City on Tuesday.

Clarke told the club’s website: “He’s got a bad cut, with stitches in it, and he lives to fight another day.

“I haven’t heard any complaints and I haven’t seen that incident again.

“You can’t make too much of it – these things happen in a game.”

James Morrison should again feature after showing no ill-effects of his recent groin injury when he got through the full 90 minutes at the Etihad Stadium following on from his 12-minute cameo appearance coming off the bench against Wigan last Saturday.

Marc-Antoine Fortune is again unavailable as he serves the final game of his three-match ban for his red card in the 3-0 win at Southampton.

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