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Forster to remain in goal against West Brom.

Fraser Forster is in line to remain in goal for Southampton against West Brom with Maarten Stekelenburg still injured.

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Fraser Forster is set to remain in goal for the Saints ahead of the game against West Brom at St. Mary's tomorrow.

Forster made is long awaited return to first team action in Wednesday's 2-0 win against Watford after Maarten Stekelenburg injured his hamstring against Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Ronald Koeman, who was talking to the press ahead of the game against West Brom, was pleased with Forster's return.

"He played his frst 90 minutes in the first team, [he got a] clean sheet and that’s important for goalkeepers and for the team. That makes him mentally stronger than he already was. That was a good match for Fraser.

"I hope [he will return to being England's second choice 'keeper] because he was part of the national team. He will get his chances if he plays on his level."

Koeman is expecting a tough test against West Brom and wants his side to play on the same level that they did against Watford in midweek.

"We know in the last two home games [in the Premier League], we created a lot of chances. Last Wednesday, I think the team performance was very good. We need that level to beat West Brom.

"We know it’s a difficult one for us. In the last three matches, we didn’t score any goals against them because they are strong, defensively organised and it’s tough to beat them.

"The win against Watford was an important one and now we like to continue."

Koeman also dismissed rumours linking Graziano Pelle with a move to Juventus as well as Saints making a January move for Marseille forward Lucas Ocampos.

"Graziano is totally involved in Southampton. I read the newspapers, that’s your business. My business is to prepare the team for tomorrow and Graziano is a player and will be a player of Southampton.

"I know the player [Lucas Ocampos] because we have scouting lists about these kind of players. Maybe the future, but not for January."