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Poyet keen to see what Bridge has to offer
Gus Poyet has admitted he is eager to see what Wayne Bridge can do in his back four.
But Albion will take no risks with the former England left-back when they complete their Spanish trip with a game against Cordoba tomorrow (7pm BST).
Poyet had seen the game against last season’s Spanish second division play-off semi-finalists as a first chance to see Bridge in action.
But he is just as keen to get the high-profile loanee from Manchester City involved in key aspects of training.
And that could mean keeping him in cotton wool for now.
Bridge pulled out of the opening friendly at Maidstone at the last minute 13 days ago with a tight groin.
He has been monitored by medical staff along with Craig Mackail-Smith (back) and Marcos Painter (groin) while in Spain.
Poyet and his staff will assess players after two training sessions today before deciding who plays against Cordoba.
The Albion boss said: “I’m careful with everyone at this stage but if he (Bridge) has a chance to play 45 minutes it would be nice.
“But there are also plenty of tactical things in training that we haven’t been able to do with him.
“Of course it’s even better to see him in games but I want to see him every day in training as well.”
Kazenga LuaLua has been suffering discomfort in the ankle he broke at Hartlepool almost two years ago – and which took a whack at Lewes recently – but is likely to feature tomorrow.
Either Peter Brezovan and Tomas Kuszczak, who both sat out Tuesday’s game against Portsmouth while Casper Ankergren kept goal, will play 90 minutes.
Whoever misses out will get a full game when Albion go to Worthing on Wednesday.
Poyet said: “We decided with the keepers to play one in each game. It will be either Peter or Tomasz.” Albion’s development side have a friendly away to County League outfit Lancing tomorrow (3pm).