Tony Pulis discusses fitness concerns surrounding Nacer Chadli

Tony Pulis, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks on prior to the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester City at The Hawthorns on October 28, 2017 in West...

West Brom winger missed pre-season and has barely been involved this campaign

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Nacer Chadli in action during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium on July 22, 2017 in Hong Kong,...

West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has admitted that Nacer Chadli is only 60 per cent fit after the winger endured a difficult start to the season.

Chadli didn't feature in pre-season as he refused to attend West Brom's training camp in Austria, while he was heavily linked with a move to Swansea City only for the deal to fail to materialise.

Pulis stressed that Chadli hasn't felt sharp in the games that he has played so far this campaign.

As reported by the Express and Star, Pulis said: “I spoke to Chads and he feels 60 per cent, he doesn’t feel 100 per cent, and you can understand that. 

Nacer Chadli of West Bromwich Albion clashes with Ruben Loftus-Cheek of Crystal Palace during the Premier League Asia Trophy match between West Brom and Crystal Palace at Hong Kong Stadium...

“He has missed the pre-season, he’s had all that speculation with Swansea that affected him during the first couple of weeks of the season, and there are people like that who have had injuries.

“The two games that he’s played in he’s not felt sharp."

Chadli scored against Leicester City in his first Premier League appearance of the season, while he also featured against Southampton but he was an unused substitute for the games against Manchester City and Huddersfield Town prior to the international break.

Nacer Chadli of West Bromwich Albion during the pre season friendly match against Port Vale at Vale Park on August 1, 2017 in Burslem, England.

Last night Chadli completed 84 minutes as Belgium beat Japan 1-0 and he will hope to be involved in some capacity when West Brom return to action on Saturday with a home game against Chelsea.

West Brom have lacked creativity and directness at times this season and Chadli, who possesses much pace and trickery, could help to solve that problem if he was to feature regularly.

 

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