Long allays injury fears


Shane Long has assured West Brom fans he is doing all he can to ensure he returns to peak fitness sooner rather than later.

The Irish striker has scored six goals in 18 Barclays Premier League appearances this season following a £6 million summer move from Reading.

He has, however, struggled with a back problem of late and, prior to the weekend defeat against Norwich, had been out for two games.

By his own admission, Long was not fully fit on Saturday, but came off the bench to grab a leveller for Roy Hodgson's side, although it was not to be enough.

But the 24-year-old is still struggling with back pain but is willing to play through the discomfort for the West Brom cause, and hopes to be included for the next outing against Stoke.

"I've been in a bit of pain with my back and the medical staff tried to manage it all last week," Long told the official West Brom website.

"The medical staff know what they are doing and getting me out on the pitch at the moment is a hard job.

"I'm trying to play through the pain and hopefully I will come out the right side of it in a couple of weeks.

"The problem is always there. It's constant. But it's one of those things you can play through.

"I'm just doing the best I can to make myself available for selection on Saturdays.

"But I'm pretty confident that in a couple of weeks I'll be back to being as good as new.

"In a perfect world, it would be summer now and I'd have six weeks off to recover.

"But, as it is, I need to do my exercises and try and get through games.

"Over time, it will go away.

"I want to be out on the pitch as much as possible and try and score goals for the team. "

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