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West Brom to give Livermore a rest after jam-packed schedule

West Bromwich Albion 0 West Ham United 0

By Nick Mashiter

Jake Livermore has been handed an extended break by West Brom to stop any mental burnout.

The midfielder was left out of the squad for Saturday's 0-0 draw against West Ham and has been excused from training until Thursday.

He will also miss Wednesday's Carabao Cup game against Manchester City as Albion aim to have him back for next week's trip to Arsenal.

The Baggies have taken the precaution after Livermore's England call-ups, he now has five caps, in the summer reduced his break.

"We had a chat with Jake at the beginning of the week," said boss Tony Pulis. "Jake came to see me.

"He has felt a little bit jaded, mentally more than anything else and we check all of his running stats, and his data and he had dropped off a bit.

"So we are going to give him a couple of days off. We could have done with his energy today with the way the game went. We could have done with Jake," he added.

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