West Brom striker Salomon Rondon will face a late assessment to determine his fitness ahead of this weekend's Premier League visit of Tottenham Hotspur. The 27-year-old has really racked up the air miles over the past week after travelling to South America to feature for the full 90 minutes in both of Venezuela's 2018 Conmebol World Cup qualifying defeats to Uruguay and Brazil.
While Rondon is obviously used to such lengthy journeys, a slightly delayed return from Merida means that West Brom have been unable to determine his conditioning. The former Malaga, Rubin Kazan and Zenit St Petersburg forward has made eight appearances for the Baggies so far this term, netting three goals against Crystal Palace, West Ham and Stoke.
"The players are back from internationals," Pulis was quoted as saying by the club at a pre-match press conference held on Friday morning (14 October). "Salomon Rondon came back later than most and we will have to assess some today.
"There are a lot of South Americans like Salomon who play in Europe. We will have to take a look at him today."
Another player who will likely need to be evaluated by medical staff is Darren Fletcher. The experienced midfielder was substituted at half-time of Scotland's last-gasp draw against Lithuania last weekend after suffering a dead leg shortly before the interval. He recovered to play 64 minutes of the subsequent 3-0 defeat to Slovakia in Trnava, although West Brom will not want to take any risks regarding their influential captain.
In-form Tottenham's trip to The Hawthorns will see an early reunion between the visitors and Nacer Chadli, who has excelled since completing a £13m ($15.9m) switch to West Brom in August. The Belgian winger netted during a 1-1 draw at Sunderland a fortnight ago to add to his earlier brace against West Brom and Pulis is clearly delighted with such a swift impact.
"Nacer has done well," he added. "We've been really pleased with him. Not just with how he's played but the way he's mixed with the group. Nacer has a good manner about him and the group look up to him. Let's hope he keeps scoring goals."