Belfast Telegraph

Northern Ireland ace Jonny Evans set to regain West Brom captaincy for crunch clash

By Adam McKendry

Northern Ireland international Jonny Evans is set to have the captain's armband given back to him at West Brom.

The defender was stripped of the captaincy for last weekend's FA Cup defeat to Southampton after being at the centre of controversy while on a warm-weather training camp in Spain.

Evans, along with team-mates Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill, apologised for breaking curfew and being involved in an incident at a fast food restaurant on a night out in Barcelona.

They were accused of stealing a taxi, but look set to avoid legal action due to a lack of evidence.

Despite playing against Southampton, manager Alan Pardew elected not to make Evans captain to "make a statement", saying he was "furious".

Northern Ireland and Baggies team-mate Gareth McAuley captained the side instead.

However, Pardew has elected to hand the armband back to the 30-year-old for this weekend's Premier League clash with Huddersfield at The Hawthorns.

West Brom, bottom of the Premier League and seven points from safety, have launched an investigation into the incident.

The Baggies are also believed to be keeping tabs on former player and Ostersunds manager Graham Potter. It is believed the 42-year old wants to work in England, with West Brom keen.

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