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Sunday 4 December 2016

Rondon in race to make debut

West Brom's record signing Salomon Rondon
West Brom's record signing Salomon Rondon

Salomon Rondon faces a race against time to make his West Brom debut as the £12million man battles for fitness.

The Baggies' record buy has been training this week after his switch from Zenit St Petersburg was rubber-stamped on Monday.

Albion go to Watford in the Premier League today with Baggies boss Tony Pulis running the rule over Rondon's fitness, along with that of Arsenal loanee Serge Gnabry.

The pair could make the trip to Vicarage Road with Pulis hopeful his new boys will be available. "He's done very well," Pulis said of Rondon.

"Him and Gnabry have spent a lot of time working with the fitness coach.

"But Salomon has showed a great attitude, he's a great lad and we've been impressed with him. He reminds me a little bit of Demba Ba in the way he wants to run off shoulders and is quick and strong.

"He is that type. He has got that willingness to get to where you want him to be, which is in behind defences.

"They have worked hard in the last week or so, the two of them, and I will assess it with the medical team to see if they're ready, if not to start then for the bench."

The Baggies are looking to recover from their opening 3-0 defeat to Manchester City, with Pulis admitting: "The first four games of the season are very difficult for us."

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