West Brom sweat on Mulumbu fitness



West Brom are hoping Youssouf Mulumbu can prove his fitness ahead of their six pointer derby against bottom side Wolves on Sunday.

Their star midfielder picked up a thing strain during the 3-3 draw against West Ham, which saw the Baggies lose a 3-0 lead to draw the game.

The loss of concentration that let the lead slip could prove costly come the end of the season, as it sees relegation contenders West Ham gain a point, and West Brom still sitting one place above the drop zone.

Sundays crunch clash against Wolves at the Hawthorns will see West Brom welcome new head coach, Roy Hodgson, just two weeks after he was sacked by Liverpool.

The Congo international was less than enthusiastic about his chances of making the clash, writing on Twitter, “Injured in my right thigh, probably off for several days.”

Caretaker manager Michael Appleton, who took temporary charge after Roberto Di Matteo was sacked, conceded that Malumbu was a doubt for the big game.

He said: “We’re hoping it’s not too bad. He started to feel it stiffening up.

“Taking Youssouf off was precautionary, with some big games coming up.

“Youssouf has been a big influence on the team all season – home and away.

“He does a fantastic job for us and his role in the team is key.”

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