West Brom hopeful over Foster injury

West Bromwich Albion Head Coach Alan Irvine is confident that goalkeeper Ben Foster can recover from injury in time for their next Premier League game, Sky Sports has reported.

Foster picked up a thumb injury while training with the England national team, returning to West Brom ahead of Wednesday’s friendly win over Norway. He will not be reassessed until Monday, meaning that it is unlikely that he will rejoin the Three Lions squad ahead of Monday’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier against Switzerland in Basel.

The 31-year-old has played in each of West Brom’s three Premier League matches so far this season, and Irvine is optimistic that he will be able to face Everton at the Hawthorns on September 13. He said: “He’s had a little bit of a problem with his thumb during pre-season but nothing we haven’t been able to manage.

“He just got it jarred. He went to catch the ball, secured it with his left hand but it then ricocheted off and hit down on the top of his thumb. That’s exactly the movement he wouldn’t have wanted.

“We don’t feel there’s a need to do anything drastic at this particular moment. We are hoping that when he’s assessed again on Monday he will be fine. There isn’t a lot of swelling there, there’s not a lot of bleeding, we don’t believe it’s a major injury or a big problem.”

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