Premier League - West Brom star played Arsenal with broken leg

West Brom manager Steve Clarke has revealed fit-again defender Steven Reid played with a broken leg for 45 minutes of last month's clash with Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium.

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Steven Reid, West Bromwich Albion

Reid made his comeback as a substitute during the midweek FA Cup tie against QPR at the Hawthorns, but Albion had kept the extent of his injury under wraps - until now.

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

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

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

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

Clarke will make a late decision on whether to recall midfielder Claudio Yacob, who has been sidelined for six weeks with a hamstring injury, in Saturday's home derby with Aston Villa.

The Argentina international has returned to training, but Clarke said: "The game might come too soon, but we will have a look at him and make a decision. He's in a good place."

Clarke rates the chances of strikers Shane Long and Marc-Antoine Fortune of being fit to face Villa as 50-50 after a dead leg and hamstring injury, respectively.

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