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Baggies manager reveals defender faces a race against time to be fit for this weekend's Midlands derby, but Scott Carson and Jerome Thomas should be available for selection

West Brom defender Steven Reid is a doubt for the game against Aston Villa this weekend, although Scott Carson and Jerome Thomas should both feature for the hosts at The Hawthorns.

Speaking ahead of the clash, which will see West Brom try to overcome their local rivals for the first time in 26 years, Baggies boss Roy Hodgson confirmed the Republic of Ireland international had been given positive feedback from medics.

However, the 30-year-old still faces a race against time to be fit for the clash, after a calf injury forced him off during West Brom’s 2-2 draw with Tottenham last weekend.

“Steven’s not as bad as he could have been but he has a calf strain, so his participation on Saturday will be in doubt," Hodgson told The Express and Star.

“It’s far too early to make any real predictions though. He’s had a scan which has confirmed a slight muscle tear – but a lot less than we originally feared.

“We hope he’ll recover for Saturday and if he doesn’t make that, we hope it won’t keep him out for any length of time.”

Speaking about England international goalkeeper Carson, Hodgson added: “He’s had a thigh problem for some time but the scan on that was also very positive.

“We’ll probably stop him from kicking too many balls in training this week, but he’ll be OK.”

The former Liverpool and Fulham boss also confirmed winger Thomas will be available for Saturday’s game.

Hodgson said: “He’s got a slight strain as well and didn’t train yesterday.

“But it’s nothing serious. Hopefully, he’ll be back by tomorrow or Friday.”

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