Vital Football

Latest WBA News

Kirkland asks for reserve outing

Kirkland asks for reserve outing

The possibility of Chris Kirkland playing at Anfield tonight in England's game against Uruguay would have been quite high but for an injury to his kidney.

Instead Kirkland will be playing at Wigan in an Albion second string to try and gain some match fitness after failing to win his place back from in-form Tomasz Kuszczak.

Kirkland has not played a Premier League game for Albion since he picked up the injury against Bolton in October last year. Kirkland's only appearances since his injury were in the FA Cup games against Reading.

Kuszczak has been in amazing form for the Baggies and has been automatic first choice since taking over the position from Kirkland during his injury.

Kirkland has asked to be included tonight as he looks to get some match sharpness hoping that he may get a chance in the clubs final eleven games.

Kirkland did admit in an interview with the official site that an England call-up was last on his list of priorities.

Kirkland told, 'I was expecting not to be in the England squad.

'You've got to be playing to picked and I've not been playing so I have no arguements.

'I've just got to work as hard as I can to try and get back in the team.

'I hope I'm in the World Cup squad to be honest, it is not the main thing for me.

'The main thing is to get back playing and what comes after is a bonus.'

It must be gutting for Kirkland as the keeper joined Albion on loan from Liverpool at the start of the season hoping to gain enough first-team action to guarantee him a place in Sven Goran Eriksson's World Cup squad.

Due to the emergence of Kuszczak, Kirkland has been been relegated to the bench for most of this season and can most probably kiss his place in Eriksson's squad goodbye.

Kirkland has no hard feelings towards Kuszczak or the club and admits that Kuszczak deserves his chance as Baggies number one, 'The World Cup is at the back of my mind. The most important thing is West Brom staying up. That's all I am thinking about.

'The club have been great to me. They took me on. They started the season with me.

'Tomasz did great at the end of last season and to start the season was great but unfortunately I picked up a pretty serious knock and gave Tomasz a chance.

'He has done great and I've got no arguments.'

On a lighter note Kuszczak looks set to appear for Poland when they face the USA in Germany tonight so best of luck to him.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Wednesday March 1 2006
Time: 5:03PM

Login to post a comment

Recent West Bromwich Albion Articles

Olsson & Fletcher Talk Liverpool

Jonas Olsson and skipper Darren Fletcher have both been giving their thoughts following defeat to Liverpool this weekend.

Pulis Tips Liverpool For The League

Head coach Tony Pulis has reflected on our defeat to Liverpool this weekend and said that without European commitments this year, their forward line can mount a title challenge.

Audio - Pulis On Liverpool Defeat

Head coach Tony Pulis has been giving his thoughts following West Bromwich Albion's defeat to Liverpool at the weekend.

Vital View - Premier League, 22nd-23rd October

Manchester City continue to lead the way ahead of Arsenal. Hull dropped into the bottom three with Swansea and Sunderland below them.

Archived Vital Baggies Articles

Vital Baggies articles from

Site Journalists

Baggy Boy
Editor email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Liverpool MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Brunt33%
Sub - Morrison0%
Sub - Robson-Kanu33%
ScoopDragon Premier League Network Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Man City 9 6 2 1 20 11
2 Arsenal 9 6 2 1 20 10
3 Liverpool 9 6 2 1 20 9
4 Chelsea 9 6 1 2 19 10
5 Spurs 9 5 4 0 19 9
6 Everton 9 4 3 2 15 5
7 Man Utd 9 4 2 3 14 1
8 Southampton 9 3 4 2 13 3
9 Watford 9 3 3 3 12 0
10 AFC Bournemouth 9 3 3 3 12 0
11 Crystal Palace 9 3 2 4 11 0
12 Leicester City 9 3 2 4 11 -4
13 WBA 9 2 4 3 10 0
14 Burnley 9 3 1 5 10 -5
15 West Ham 9 3 1 5 10 -7
16 Stoke 9 2 3 4 9 -7
17 Middlesbrough 9 1 4 4 7 -4
18 Hull City 9 2 1 6 7 -14
19 Swansea 9 1 2 6 5 -7
20 Sunderland 9 0 2 7 2 -10
The Vital Football Members League
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
Vital Football Comment

Recent West Bromwich Albion  Results (view all)

West Bromwich Albion  Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Manchester City (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 6 2016 4:30PM : Leicester City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 21 2016 8:00PM : Burnley (H)
Barclays Premier League
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Hull City (a)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 3 2016 3:00PM : Watford (H)
Barclays Premier League
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Chelsea (a)
Barclays Premier League
Write for Vital Football