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West Brom dealt fresh setback ahead of Middlesbrough clash

West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a fresh setback ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.

What’s the latest?

In recent comments cited by the Northern Echo, Chris Wilder revealed that Andraz Sporar, who missed Middlesbrough’s 2-1 defeat against Bristol City on Saturday due to illness, has now recovered from his ailment and will be available for selection for the visit of West Brom on Tuesday evening.

Speaking about the current condition of the centre-forward, the Boro boss said: “We’ve got him back, so that’s good. He was in yesterday and he’ll train this morning, so he’ll be part of the group tomorrow.”

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Fans will be gutted

Considering just how impressive Sporar has been since his season-long loan switch from Sporting Lisbon to the Riverside last summer, the news that the striker will be fit to face West Brom tomorrow night is sure to have left The Hawthorns faithful gutted.

Indeed, over his 25 Championship appearances in the current campaign, the £4.5m-rated forward has scored seven goals, registered two assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of 2.2 shots and making 0.7 key passes per game.

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These returns have seen the £31k-per-week hitman average a SofaScore match rating of 6.88, ranking him as Wilder’s tenth-best performer in the second tier of English football.

As such, it is clear for all to see that the news that the Slovenia international is fit to face the Baggies on Tuesday night will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to Steve Bruce and his Albion side – especially considering West Brom have shipped six goals over their last four league fixtures, in addition to the fact that a loss against a seventh-placed Middlesbrough side would severely damage the Baggies’ own top-six hopes.

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