Tony Pulis confirms Saido Berahino is struggling with injury

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Saido Berahino is an injury concern for West Brom’s home fixture against Southampton having been ‘Cattermoled’ during last weekend’s stalemate at Sunderland.

Albion head coach Tony Pulis will be sweating on the fitness of the top goal-scorer as he struggles to shake a knock picked up following a late challenge by Black Cats midfielder Lee Cattermole during the 0-0 draw.

Pulis was giving injury updates ahead of Saturday’s game with the Saints and coined the term to describe a late tackle by the Sunderland captain.

“Berahino got a kick, I think 'Cattermoled' in the first half, which he is struggling with”

He told local reporters: “We have got a little knock to [James] Morrison and Saido so we won’t be sure on them until last minute.

“Berahino got a kick, I think 'Cattermoled' in the first half, which he is struggling with.”

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The challenge occurred twenty minutes into the game as Cattermole attempted to win the ball from behind but clattered through the striker.

The 21-year-old picked himself up and was able to finish the game and Pulis was able to see the lighter side of it all.

“That won’t be a new word, because there are lots of examples!” joked Pulis.

“Actually, I haven’t seen it played back and Saido played on so I’m not making any fuss about that.”

Midfielder James Morrison is also touch and go as he recovers from a groin strain while Victor Anichebe continues his recovery from a groin problem that has kept him out of action since February 8.

Striking options

The return of Anichebe would see the Baggies back to their full quota of striking options but the former Stoke City and Crystal Palace boss was full of praise for Berahino and Brown Ideye who have struck up a lethal partnership in recent weeks.

“Since he scored a goal he has looked a different player and that has been good"

Having scored just one goal in his first 13 league games for the Throstles, Ideye has four in as many games and Pulis emphasised the importance of goals to his style of play.

He said: “Since he scored a goal he has looked a different player and that has been good. He has always been a good lad since I have come in. He has got a wonderful attitude so scoring the goals has lifted that weight off him.

“Saido, even from outside the football club, has shown he has got wonderful talent, the important thing for Saido is to concentrate on his football and forget all of the things that surrounds it.” 

England selection

Having been selected by Roy Hodgson to join the national side in the previous winter break Berahino faces competition to be named in the 25-man squad for England’s games against Lithuania and Italy.

Daniel Sturridge, Wayne Rooney, Harry Kane, Danny Welbeck, Charlie Austin and Danny Ings all offer competition for places and while Pulis admitted it would be nice for the young striker to get the nod, he is more focused on the strikers form for the Baggies.

“I am more concerned about Saido scoring goals for West Bromwich Albion” said Pulis.

“Roy picks the England squad and if Roy thinks it is right to play him then brilliant.”

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