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West Bromwich Albion manager, Steve Clarke, has said striker, Nicolas Anelka, was injured ahead of this weekend's match against Everton, and would not have featured.
This injury news comes as the club stated the Frenchman would be away from the club 'indefinitely', while he grieved for his agent, who died recently.
Clarke has also responded to the question as to further talks between the club and their star striker.
West Bromwich Albion head coach, Steve Clarke, has confirmed Nicolas Anelka has been given 'indefinite' time away from club duty on compassionate grounds, after the player was hit badly by the sudden death of his agent.
The Scot also said Anelka did speak about retiring from football, when he asked to leave the club following Eric Manasse's death.
Nicolas Anelka will miss West Bromwich Albion's game against Everton tomorrow on 'compassionate gounds'.
He has tweeted 'RIP Eric Manasse', who died earlier this week, and expressed his grief on his Facebook page. Manasse was Anelka's agent.
Suggestions are that his death has hit Anelka hard, and is what caused the striker to walk out of the club yesterday.
The full statement from West Brom regarding Nicolas Anelka:
"West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been excused from duty in the Barclays Premier League game against Everton this weekend on compassionate grounds, the club have confirmed."
West Bromwich Albion have released a statement on reports that striker, Nicolas Anelka, has walked out of the club. They say they have excused the Frenchman one compassionate grounds.
The club have confirmed he will not take part in their match against Everton this weekend.