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Poyet hopes Bridge gets a game
Gus Poyet has played down any potential flashpoint between John Terry and Wayne Bridge – if his left-back plays.
The Albion boss has raised a degree of doubt as to Bridge’s fitness to take on Chelsea in the prestigious friendly at The Amex today.
But he insists he has no thoughts about any possible stand-off between his loan signing from Manchester City and the Chelsea skipper.
Bridge famously refused to shake hands when playing for Manchester City at Stamford Bridge in 2010 after claims Terry had an affair with his ex-girlfriend Vanessa Perroncel.
At about the same time, Bridge announced his retirement from international football, ruling himself out of the World Cup in South Africa.
Poyet knows the history but said: “For us it is not an issue. It has gone.
“I don’t care. I know John very well and it has gone.
“I didn’t even think about it until it was brought up. We didn’t talk about it.
“I’m looking forward to seeing John as well because he played with me at Chelsea.”
Poyet is more concerned with the niggling injury which has affected Bridge in pre-season.
The defender is desperate to play but his boss said: “Still something is there that is not 100% so we need to be very clever how we use him in the next couple of games.
“There is an action in football that he can’t do perfect, 100%, and that is a big part in his game.”
Bridge has so far played just an hour, in the 0-0 draw with Cordoba last Saturday, of Albion’s busy pre-season schedule.
Poyet said: “He is willing to play. He was desperate to play against Cordoba.
“I told him ‘let’s play 60 or 70 minutes’ and he didn’t want to leave the pitch when I told him to come off.
“He didn’t play for a while so I suppose he wants to play on Saturday and on Tuesday.
“You can train and try to reproduce a game of football in training but it’s not the same.
“You don’t know what the opposition is going to do, you don’t know who you are going to play against.
“If you are a full-back and you have got a winger who attacks you every time, you are going to spend every time defending.
“You are not going to get any rest.
“You cannot reproduce that 100% in trianing. We try to get close to that.”
Marcos Painter (hamstring) rejoins the squad for training on Monday and Will Hoskins (broken foot bone) has revealed on his Twitter account he will have surgery on Tuesday.
Hoskins is keen to get back to work.
He tweeted: “Looking forward to getting back to it. Missing it already.”
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