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Ben Foster could return but it's no-go on Mathieu Debuchy

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Tony Pulis wants to play Ben Foster in Saturday's FA Cup match against Bristol City – but has denied any interest in signing Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy.

Foster has been out since March with a knee injury, but the goalkeeper played 45 minutes behind closed doors for Albion's under-21s yesterday.

He then trained with the first team and head coach Pulis is keen to give him minutes in the third round tie at The Hawthorns this weekend.

"He played 45 minutes, did really well, and then came down and trained with us for about an hour and 20 minutes, so he's ready to go," said Pulis.

"I'm seriously thinking of trying to get him involved Saturday in some way shape or form.

"I'll speak to the medical people first, but personally I'd like to get him involved."

Foster damaged his anterior cruciate ligament against Stoke last March before suffering a setback to his recovery in September.

Returning now gives the 32-year-old enough time to try and earn a place in the Albion team ahead of the European Championships this summer. Pulis reckons his absence has gone unjustly unnoticed.

"I don't think people have given us any grace in respect of losing an England goalkeeper," said the Welshman. "We've done all of what we've done (this season) without an England goalkeeper."

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Meanwhile, Serge Gnabry's imminent return to Arsenal seemed to have paved the way for Debuchy to join on loan, but Pulis categorically denied being interested in the French full-back.

"I've not said a word to Arsenal and Arsenal have not said a word to me, so that's a definite no," he said.

Gnabry's return is still being ironed out by the two clubs.

"I'm not going to get involved in that because the clubs are talking," said Pulis. "He was very unfortunate because he came here injured and I think people forget that. He wants to play week in week out. It's very difficult to guarantee that."

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