Anelka excused from club duty
West Brom have announced striker Nicolas Anelka has been given permission to miss Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on "compassionate grounds".
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Reports have emerged revealing that Anelka, who has played just one match for the Baggies, walked out of training today and told staff that he might retire.
A statement on West Brom's official website read: "The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds."
Anelka joined West Brom on a free transfer in July having completed a loan spell at Juventus when his big-money move to Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua turned sour.
The temperamental 34-year-old, who numbers Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea among his former clubs, made his West Brom debut in Saturday's 1-0 home defeat by Southampton.
The Baggies issued their statement in response to reports of Anelka walking out of training, although the club have been unavailable for further comment.