Baggies chief makes squad
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Roy Hodgson has confirmed that he plans to utilise all of his available squad players in West Brom's remaining nine matches.
The Baggies chief made five changes to his starting XI for Saturday's 1-1 draw at struggling Wigan with only two of those enforced due to injury and suspension problems.
And, with the games coming thick and fast between now and the end of the season, Hodgson wants to ensure that all of his players get a taste of first-team action now that Premier League football is almost guaranteed at the Hawthorns for next season.
The Baggies have 36 points with nine games left and are 14 points clear of the relegation zone with a stronger goal difference than the teams below them.
Hodgson told the club's website: "We're looking upwards and I'm looking to use the whole of the squad.
"People can expect a few changes in the coming nine games rather than me just playing the same 11 each week because, as we saw, people like Scharner, who came in for Andrews, and people like Long, who came in for Fortune, are available.
"We have Jerome Thomas fit again, we have Billy Jones back in for the injured Steven Reid and we had Nicky Shorey back.
"We have this level of player and I can't keep them as eternal substitutes expecting them to play from time to time.
"I will use them all during the course of the season.
"We have two senior goalkeepers and about 19 fit outfield players so we will need everyone in the final nine games."