West Bromwich Albion have been handed a double injury boost ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.
In recent comments cited by Birmingham Live, Valerien Ismael revealed that both Matt Clarke and Robert Snodgrass will be available for the trip to Stoke City on Friday evening, as both players have recovered from their respective knocks.
Speaking about the current state of his West Brom squad, the Frenchman said: “Matt Clarke is completely back in full training now so he will be available for the game at Stoke.
“Snods is back in training. He twisted his ankle last week but he trained yesterday to test everything, he’s fine so he’s back in training.”
Considering just how impressive Clarke was for the Baggies prior to picking up a hamstring injury that ruled him out of the club’s last six league fixtures, the news that the Brighton & Hove Albion loanee is once again available for selection is sure to have left Ismael buzzing.
Indeed, over his three league appearances for the Baggies this season, the £2.7m-rated centre-back has made an average of 2.3 interceptions, one tackle, 2.7 clearances and has won a whopping 7.3 duels per game, with these returns earning the 24-year-old an average SofaScore match rating of 7.03.
Meanwhile, the return of Snodgrass will also come as a major boost to the 45-year-old Albion boss, as, despite putting four past Cardiff City on Tuesday, West Brom had struggled to break their opponents down over their previous five Championship fixtures, bagging just five goals over this period.
However, with the potential of being able to bring a player who scored five goals and registered five assists in his last full Premier League season at West Ham United off the bench against Stoke, Ismael’s goalscoring worries will have been considerably eased.