West Brom’s Reid ‘played with a broken leg’ against Arsenal

The 31-year-old, who has had concerns raised over his desire to overcome injuries, fractured his fibula during the game at the Emirates Stadium it has been revealed

West Brom boss Steve Clarke has revealed that Steven Reid played 45 minutes against Arsenal with a broken leg.

The former Blackburn midfielder fractured his fibula during the 2-0 defeat at the Emirates Stadium on December 8, with Reid conceding a contested penalty after he was adjudged to have fouled Santi Cazorla.

Reid returned to the Baggies side as a substitute during the FA Cup third-round replay defeat by QPR on Tuesday and manager Steve Clarke has hailed Reid’s mentality.

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"He played for 45 minutes with a broken leg, which shows the character of the boy," Clarke told reporters.

"We didn't release the injury but it was a fractured fibula he got against Arsenal."

Reid has had doubts raised over his desire to overcome injury setbacks in the past, and Clarke was keen to reveal the news in an attempt to dispel any false rumours.

"I've put it out there because I want people to see the character of the boy," he added.

"Sometimes people think 'Steven is always injured' but he has an incredible strong mental strength and he wants to play."

The defender has suffered an injury-plagued season, only being able to make six appearances following three months on the sidelines with a hamstring problem.