Ben Foster is ready to make his return to West Bromwich Albion after missing nearly ten months through injury.
The Baggies’ goalkeeper hasn’t played since March after tearing his ACL in a Premier League match against Stoke City.
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His planned return in December was delayed after a minor setback, but manager Tony Pulis said he is hopeful Foster will feature in West Brom’s FA Cup match on January 9 against Bristol City.
Foster was having a standout year last season, keeping 14 clean sheets before getting injured. In his absence, Boaz Myhill has stepped up as the first-choice keeper, while Anders Lindegaard was signed as a backup from Manchester United.
The 32-year-old has earned nine caps with the England national team, and was on the Three Lions’ squad for the 2014 World Cup. He played one match and kept a clean sheet in a scoreless draw against Costa Rica.
Since going down with his knee injury, Stoke’s Jack Butland has replaced Foster as England’s number-two behind Joe Hart, and Butland has arguably been the best goalkeeper in the Premier League this season. However, if Foster can stay healthy and return to form, he could pressure Burnley’s Tom Heaton for the final spot on the England squad with the European Championship this summer.