Blues team news ahead of West Brom game

Blues Head Coach Pep Clotet.
Blues Head Coach Pep Clotet.

I will keep that close to my chest because that’s the only thing I cannot tell Slaven (Bilic).

Pep Clotet.

Pep Clotet says that two of his players will have late fitness tests ahead of Saturday's trip to promotion-chasing West Bromwich Albion.

However, the Head Coach would not reveal the names of those individuals for tactical reasons.

Meanwhile, the only player definitely unavailable for the short trip across the city is midfielder Josh McEachran who is continuing his recovery from a knee injury.

“Josh McEachran is not available, and we have two players who have minor injuries, I don’t know if they are going to be available for Saturday or next week but it’s nothing of concern at the minute," said Clotet

Overall, Clotet says he is extremely happy with the physical conditioning of his players heading into a first competitive game after their enforced break.

"I'm very satisfied with the physical condition of the team," he said.

"I've talked to people in the Bundesliga as well as with some of my former colleagues in Spain and I'm convinced that the physical condition of the players at the end of this period might actually be better than everybody thinks.

"We've got to see what clubs have done their homework during this period and what clubs haven't.

"But I'm convinced we've done our homework and we should be in a good moment physically. I'm less worried than I would be than after a pre-season when there is more risk of injuries."