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The former Manchester United man has been sidelined for the past seven weeks after undergoing a double hernia operation on the injury sustained in November's win over Southampton

West Brom keeper Ben Foster is refusing to rule out a return to action against Norwich on Saturday after being out of action for nearly two months. 

The former Manchester United man sustained a hernia in the Baggies’ 2-0 win over Southampton at the beginning of November but, after undergoing an operation, he believes his injury woes are behind him.

Foster told the club’s official website: “I played in the Southampton game, when we won 2-0, and I couldn’t kick with my left foot because every time I kicked the ball there was a nerve getting pressed underneath my hernia, which was quite painful.

“I had to kick with my right foot because I had no pain on my right side. I got away with it because I could do all of the goalkeeping stuff fine, but as soon as I tried to kick a ball it was jumping out of your skin time!

“I was never coming off, because it was only kicking with my left foot that I couldn’t do. I’ve had groin issues recently but they think all of that was connected to the hernia, so hopefully this will solve all of that."
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After being on the sidelines for longer than he anticipated, the 29-year-old is looking forward to regaining his place in the Albion goal as soon as he’s match fit which could be as early as Saturday.

“It was really a double-hernia operation," he added. "I had one side operated on and that was all fine. I got back into training and pretty much straight away it was apparent the other side needed doing.

“So it’s been a whole lot longer than I thought it was going to be but hopefully it’s all sorted now and we can crack on.

“I started training properly yesterday [Wednesday] so we will see how training goes this week and take it from there.

“I trained fine yesterday. I felt absolutely fine. The team has been doing well, Boaz [Myhill] has been doing great, so we will just see how it goes.”

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