PREM: West Brom v Stoke preview


West Brom v Stoke preview

Saido Berahino is in contention to face former club West Brom when Stoke travel to The Hawthorns in the Premier League.


The striker, who joined the Potters from Albion for £12m in the January window, served an eight-week suspension for "an FA disciplinary matter" earlier this season. Sources understand the ban came after he tested positive for a recreational drug.

But he made his Stoke debut as a second-half substitute in their 1-1 draw with Everton on Wednesday, and Mark Hughes has confirmed he is in line to feature this weekend.

West Brom sit eighth in the table at kick-off, one place above Saturday's opponents, but Tony Pulis will be without defender Jonny Evans, who is still sidelined with a calf injury.

Evans (calf) has missed the last four games with the problem and Pulis admits he is becoming frustrated with his slow recovery.

New £10m midfielder Jake Livermore could make his first start since moving from Hull, having appeared as a substitute against Sunderland.

Marc Wilson, a Deadline Day loan signing from Bournemouth, misses out with a hamstring strain.

Xherdan Shaqiri is unavailable for Stoke (knock) and Glen Johnson is likely to miss out too but Hughes hopes to have both back to face Crystal Palace next Saturday.

Geoff Cameron and Jon Walters (both knee) are making progress but the trip to Albion comes too soon for the pair, while Jack Butland (ankle) and Stephen Ireland (leg) remain long-term absentees.

Wilfried Bony and Mame Biram Diouf are set to be in the squad having returned from international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations, but Ramadan Sobhi is still away in Gabon as Egypt prepare for the final.


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