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Late Decisions For Pulis

TONY PULIS says that he will make a late decision on his starting eleven for this weekend's clash with West Bromwich Albion . . . after confirming that several of his players are carrying minor injuries.

Matthew Etherington remains the biggest doubt for the game against the Baggies however, having missed the last two games with a back problem, whilst Cameron Jerome was forced off with a knock during the latter stages of the 2-1 defeat at Newcastle last Sunday.

Speaking at the pre-match press conference on Thursday afternoon, the City boss confirmed that one or two other players have doubts over their fitness, but says he is hopeful that they will be ready in time to feature.

"We have a few lads with knocks and niggles at the moment, so we will leave it until the last minute, having had time to assess the condition of the players," he said.

"Matty (Etherington) has trained this week, which is positive, but again we will leave it until the last minute and then decide whether he is ready or not.

"Cameron had to come off last weekend with a knock to his knee, but he should be ok. Whether we start him though, or put him on the bench, I'm still not sure."

He added: "We will look at one or two things between now and kick-off and put a team on the pitch that we hope can go on and win us the game."

Meanwhile, Robert Huth will serve the final game of his three-match ban, leaving Marc Wilson as the obvious choice to fill his void alongside skipper Ryan Shawcross.

The Republic of Ireland international has impressed in the middle in Huth's absence, against both West Ham and Newcastle, and looks likely to get the nod to carry on in that position.

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