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.
He was down, really down. He was actually injured. He had not trained with us this week, so I was preparing the team for Everton without Nicolas in it anyway - he got a kick against Southampton.
– Steve Clarke, West Bromwich Albion head coach
Clarke has also responded to the question as to further talks between the club and their star striker.
Once he gets his head clear and we can sit down and have a proper chat, yes, sure. But at the moment this (the decision to grant Anelka compassionate leave) is the best course of action for both Nicolas and the club.
I am not going to deny that he used that word (retiring) in the conversations we had with him. But we have given him time to go away and think about it and I do not think we could do any more in the circumstances as they were...
I went in and had a very brief chat with him, and he was not in a good place. So the club have decided just to give him a bit of time to go away and think about it and get himself in a better place for the future.
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.