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Painter to carry on
Marcos Painter is in line for his second home appearance in a year for Albion against Bolton at The Amex on Saturday.
Painter had his first outing of the season in last Saturday’s 2-1 win at Huddersfield, with Bridge still sidelined by a calf problem.
Albion will not take any risks with the former England defender after Painter proved his worth in Yorkshire.
Boss Gus Poyet told The Argus: “Wayne is probably going to take another week so I am not sure if he is going to be ready for Bolton. After the performance of Marcos it changes the situation because you know he is fit enough to perform against difficult teams.”
Painter made a solid contribution to Albion’s victory until cramp forced him out of his first game of the campaign and fourth since suffering hamstring damage against Coventry at The Amex 12 months ago.
No. 1 Kuszczak (finger infection) and regular understudy Ankergren (thumb) are fighting to dislodge third choice Peter Brezovan following his late call-up against Huddersfield.
El-Abd, meanwhile, is expected to be available to contest a centre-half spot with Lewis Dunk after missing the last three matches with hamstring trouble.
Poyet said: “Adam is going to be fit for sure. Tomasz and Casper we will see. Tomasz came back with the injury from Poland and it got infected.
“We thought within 24 hours it would be all right but it got worse. Casper turned his thumb. He tried to train on Friday and couldn’t.”
Crofts was left at home to be with his heavily pregnant wife. Poyet said: “She was due to give birth six days ago. He was nervous and we had a long chat.
“It wasn’t easy but in the end we decided it was common sense to leave him, just in case.
“I talked to him and he knows how important he is to us. He is going to be ready, without any doubt.”
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