Goodison Park

Next Game

Everton v Watford

Saturday, 08 August 2015, 15:00

Barclays Prem

Thorne to wait for loan move

Steve Clarke is keen for George Thorne to continue building up his fitness before sending the West Bromwich Albion midfielder out on loan.

Last Updated: 23/10/13 at 16:30 Post Comment

George Thorne: West Brom midfielder's loan move on hold

George Thorne: West Brom midfielder's loan move on hold

Thorne has been sidelined since damaging his cruciate ligament in January, but has recently been linked with loan moves to Derby County and Watford.

However, West Brom boss Clarke does not want to rush Thorne back into first-team football and has put a temporary switch for the youngster on hold.

"At the moment the important thing for George is to concentrate on his fitness," said Clarke in the Express & Star after Thorne was substituted in a game against Liverpool's Under 21s on Sunday.

"He's had a couple of Under-21s games that he hasn't been able to finish so he's still looking for a little bit of fitness to take forward for the rest of the season.

"If George gets to a stage of his fitness where he's able to handle a loan move, then it's something we'd consider. But for now it's better he stays here and works with the medical people, who know how he's recovering."

Experienced midfielder Zoltan Gera is also working his way back to fitness after a knee injury and he was also taken off against Liverpool.

Clarke added: "We're in a position with 'Zolly' where we don't take any risks.

"He felt something in the game. His hamstring tightened a little bit so the no-risk policy means we took him off.

"He doesn't seem too bad, which is good - and George is similar."

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

D

on't go to England at your age, you'll either be mugged or not appreciated. Or made to lump the ball long to a bloke who looks like a mascot.

megabrow (cufc)
Beckenbauer warns Schweinsteiger

F

rom the headline I presumed he meant boots, pants, jim-jams, toothbrush and paste, passport, tickets, premier inn long-term package, Scouse-English-Portuguese-German dictionary, 'How to be a 9 and 3/4' by B. Rodgers, few dozen tins of food and Evian because you can never be sure about the local food/water...

KevinBoatang
Firmino has 'everything' for PL - Willian

H

e looked like he was playing with a plastic pound shop ball in the wind against Juve, his passing was so bad.

paddy7s
Sergio Ramos: Exactly What United Need

Footer 365

Palace confirm Cabaye talks

Crystal Palace co-chairman Steve Parish has confirmed the club are in talks to sign Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Yohan Cabaye.

Tottenham 'agree' Alderweireld deal

Tottenham have agreed a deal for Atletico Madrid central defender Toby Alderweireld, according to reports in Italy.

Liverpool linked with Balde Diao swap

Liverpool are in talks with Lazio over a player-plus-cash deal for striker Keita Balde Diao, according to reports in Italy.

Mail Box

Has Everyone Forgotten About Khedira?

Sami Khedira is one of the signings of the summer and yet he's flown completely under the radar. Plus Dommy S's views of women's football get a right old shoeing...

Women's Success Won't Alter Viewing Habits

The Women's World Cup hasn't inspired everyone. Also in the Mailbox: a plastic's guide to Brazil, Nani regrets, tears over Henry, and The Beach Boys...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company