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Ben Foster fit to return for West Brom

December 19, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Goalkeeper Ben Foster is ready to return to aid West Bromwich Albion's bid to climb away from the fringes of the Premier League relegation zone.

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster makes a save as Stoke striker Cameron Jerome closes in
GettyImagesBen Foster has spent a lot of time on the sidelines.

England international Foster has handed the club some good news after a run of four straight defeats and the sacking of head coach Steve Clarke, by stating he is fully fit after four months out with a broken bone in his foot.

Foster completed 45 minutes for the club's under-21 side against Manchester City at the Hawthorns on Sunday and is now ready to return to first team action, possibly against Hull City this weekend.

The 30-year-old 'keeper feels he has overcome the mental barrier he talked about in his recovery from the injury sustained against Everton earlier this season and said: "That's me fully fit now. It has been a long slow recovery but I'm really, really happy to be back. It was nice to be back and I felt good.

"It was always the plan for me to come off at half-time and I just wanted to get some game time under my belt. I got my bearings back from being in the goal. Mentally it was a big boost to get a few minutes under my belt. I'm good to go now and it is good to be back to normality. It's nice to go out training with the lads every day."

Albion's search for a replacement for Clarke continues with Keith Downing set to take caretaker charge on Saturday. Indeed, Downing will be left with the tough decision of whether to drop Welsh international Boaz Myhill to allow Foster to retake his place in the side and Foster knows it will be tough to get his spot back.

"We'll have to wait and see what happens on Saturday," he said. "Boaz and Luke have both done very well. Bo has been great. I know exactly what Bo can produce and his performances haven't surprised me. He's an international goalkeeper and he's been absolutely brilliant."

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