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Shane Long named in West Brom team, despite exclusion from Ireland squad

It’s an early return from injury for the Tipperary man.

Shane Long: back in contention.
Shane Long: back in contention.
Image: Sang Tan/AP/Press Association Images

STEVE CLARKE HAS named Shane Long as his lone front man for tonight’s Premier League match with Southampton at the Hawthorns.

Giovanni Trapattoni last week excluded the Tipperary man from his provisional squad for the friendly with Greece, saying Long was suffering from a hamstring injury.

Baggies boss Steve Clarke admitted at the weekend that the former Cork City striker might be back before next Wednesday’s Aviva Stadium clash.

“Ireland haven’t picked him but I’m sure if he plays on Monday they can change their squad,” said Clarke. “I think we’ve managed Shane really well and it hasn’t affected his performances in anyway. That’s what we’ll try and do in the future.”

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