Steve Clarke has praised the part played by West Brom's medical staff in ensuring key striker Shane Long continues to play despite being constantly troubled by a hamstring injury.

Long has not completed a full 90 minutes this season but has still played a leading role in the Baggies fine start to the campaign through careful management of the setback.

Clarke said: "There is an injury to Shane that everyone knows about now through circumstances we couldn't control. Playing through an injury is just a measure of how much they want to play for the club, which is great. They put their body on the line and play with little injuries - but we also have had great help from our medical staff."

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