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West Bromwich Albion players hit by flu ahead of Liverpool clash

Six West Bromwich Albion players have been struck down by a flu bug ahead of Saturday's FA Cup fourth-round match against Liverpool, manager Alan Pardew said.

Ben Foster, Ahmed Hegazi, Gareth McAuley, Jay Rodriguez, Sam Field and James McClean are all struggling, but Pardew wants to field a strong side and will wait until few hours before the kick off to assess their fitness levels.

However, they remain in the relegation zone and three points from safety after 24 matches.

With Hegazi and McAuley struggling with illness, Pardew confirmed Jonny Evans will feature in the weekend's clash at Anfield.

British media reports have linked Evans with a move to Arsenal in a swap deal, which includes Mathieu Debuchy going the other way. But Pardew dismissed the reports, saying no official bids have been made for the player.

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