West Bromwich Albion Vs Blackpool, Sat 13 Mar 2010

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West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is likely to be without striker Roman Bednar and midfielder Jerome Thomas for his side's game against Blackpool.

Bednar and Thomas, who are suffering with groin and leg injuries respectively, are both rated as very doubtful for the clash with the Tangerines.

The pair's proposed absence could force Di Matteo to shuffle his pack, with James Morrison likely to start again despite still looking to achieve full match fitness on his way back from a long-term heel injury.

Midfielder Giles Barnes, who also made a comeback recently after a prolonged spell on the sidelines, is in line to keep his place although striker Ismael Miller (ankle) is likely to again take up a place on the bench.

West Brom's 1-0 victory over Sheffield Wednesday in midweek catapulted them back into second place in the Coca-Cola Championship, two points ahead of Nottingham Forest.

Blackpool boss Ian Holloway will be without a trio of players for the trip.

Defenders Ian Evatt and Stephen Crainey remain sidelined with ankle and knee injuries respectively and winger Hameur Bouazza is nursing a groin problem.

Algeria international Bouazza has been dogged by the complaint since the African Nations Cup and will be rested for the remainder of the month.

He requires an operation but that is likely to be postponed until after the World Cup in the summer.

Holloway has no other major concerns as his side seek to enhance their promotion credentials away from home after winning their last three matches at Bloomfield Road.

The Seasiders are two points outside the play-off places with 11 matches remaining.

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West Bromwich Albion
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