West Brom keeper Sam Johnstone has confirmed that he is back to full health after missing the 3-2 victory against Wolves on Saturday.
The Athletic’s Steve Madeley had reported that the keeper was close to featuring after testing positive for COVID-19 in the past fortnight.
Sam Allardyce shared an update after the Black Country Derby, claiming he wasn’t sure if Johnstone would be available against West Ham on Tuesday.
Johnstone himself took to his personal Twitter account on Saturday evening, responding to a question from a Baggies fan on his situation.
“I’m all good now thanks, back in training,” he wrote.
Hahahahahha 😂😂😂😂😂😂 I’m all good now thanks back in training 💪🏼 https://t.co/BlfFN3uF0Z
— sam johnstone (@samjohnstone50) January 16, 2021
This is a massive boost.
COVID-19 has been through most of the Baggies squad this season, and the after-effects can be strong for those even after testing negative for the virus.
Thankfully, it appears as though they have avoided Johnstone, and he will be back into the squad for the game at the London Stadium.
Does David Button deserve to be dropped?
Johnstone has been superb this season, but Button didn’t do much wrong against Wolves, and couldn’t have done much to prevent the two goals.
Having said that, Allardyce knows his number one.
Despite him missing the latest game, Johnstone has made seven more saves than any other keeper in the Premier League, and his importance is huge.
Three points against Wolves was a massive boost, adding Johnstone back into the group is yet another push in the right direction.
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