England and West Bromwich Albion midfielder Jake Livermore has been given a break from his club due to fatigue.
Livermore didn’t play in this weekend’s 0-0 home draw with West Ham United and will not return to training until Thursday.
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Manager Tony Pulis said the club analyzed Livermore’s numbers from the past few matches, and noted that they weren’t up to the player’s standards.
“We checked all of Jake’s running stats and his data and he had dropped off a bit. So we giving him a couple of days off. … I think for the first time going away with England during the summer and then having these two call-ups, I think playing all the time has really, really taken it out of the boy.”
The headline on West Brom’s piece is “Livermore Recharges His Batteries,” which rings nicely for the midfielder.
The break caused some concern from supporters, who remember his failed drug test following the death of his child. Here’s what Livermore says about the break, via his Twitter:
“I hadn’t had this time in summer due to international duties and then myself wanting to do a full pre-season with my then new team-mates. All is good in the Livermore house hold but thanks for those who showed concerns.”
The Baggies had taken seven points from their first four matches before Saturday’s nil-nil.