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West Brom defender Nathan Ferguson fit and ready for Stoke clash

By Joseph Masi | West Bromwich Albion | Published:

Albion head coach Slaven Bilic has confirmed defender Nathan Ferguson is available for Monday’s Championship clash against Stoke.

Nathan Ferguson of West Bromwich Albion during the pre-match warm up. (AMA)

The defender has missed the Baggies last three games after picking up a minor knee problem.

But the 19-year-old, whose future remains uncertain with his contract up in the summer, returned to training last week.

And Bilic says Ferguson is now fit enough to be considered for selection.

“Nathan will be fit,” the head coach said.

“He was training last week on the same pitch, but differently.

“I was watching him a bit, and he was doing everything.

“Then he joined us. He’s back in full training. He’s a naturally fit player anyway, he’s sharp and has a good physicality.

“It’s a good boost for us.”

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Meanwhile, Bilic said Grady Diangana has also benefited from an extra week’s training after he made his comeback from a back injury by featuring off the bench at Charlton last weekend.

“Grady is okay,” the Croatian added.

“He’s benefitted from another full week of training and from playing a full-half hour against Charlton.”

While Ferguson and Diangana are back, Kieran Gibbs will miss the game against Stoke with the full-back still sidelined with the hamstring injury picked up against Leeds last month.

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Youngsters Rekeem Harper and Jack Fitzwater also have picked up knocks.

“ Everybody else is basically fit,” Bilic added.

“Some guys have little knocks or tightness, some have chronic issues, with knees or groins, but I think that everybody is fit apart from Gibbo and Fitz.

“Rekeem has a sore foot, but everybody else is okay.”

Joseph Masi

By Joseph Masi
Football MMPJ - @josephmasi_star

West Bromwich Albion reporter.

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