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West Brom goalkeeper Alex Palmer joins Oldham Athletic on emergency loan

By Matt Wilson | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Academy keeper Alex Palmer has joined Oldham Athletic on an emergency loan over the international break.

Alex Palmer.

The 22-year-old goalkeeper will be providing cover at Boundary Park until Friday, November 22.

Oldham host Cambridge United in League Two on Saturday but will be without their No.1 Daniel Iversen who has been called up by Denmark under-21s.

Unlike the top two tiers, League One and League Two continue to play during the international break.

Palmer has moved his way up the goalkeeping pecking order over the last couple of seasons.

He had consecutive loan spells at Kidderminster Harriers in 2015, making 11 appearances for the National League side.

Following injury to Boaz Myhill in November 2016, the young stopper was named on the bench for three Premier League matches.

He represented England at under-16 level and is currently under contract until the end of the season.

Meanwhile, Albion’s midfield options are set to be boosted over the international break as Chris Brunt and Gareth Barry return to contention.

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Barry, who has missed the last five league games with a calf problem, came through 45 minutes in the Checkatrade Trophy this week unscathed.

Brunt, who picked up a slight hamstring strain against Hull, is also expected to recover in time for next Friday’s trip to Ipswich Town.

Their return will add to Darren Moore’s midfield options ahead of a period of four games in 15 days.

Harvey Barnes, who pulled out of England under-21 duty with a foot injury, is also expected to be available.

However, defender Kyle Bartley does not yet have a return date for his knee injury.

The centre-back was injured in training in a clash with midfielder Sam Field.

Matt Wilson

By Matt Wilson
Football MMPJ - @mattwilson_star

Sports reporter at the Express & Star, who primarily covers West Bromwich Albion.

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