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Clement hopes for Wembley place

Neil Clement
Clement would love the chance to play at Wembley (Getty)

West Brom defender Neil Clement is hoping he will be selected to play in the FA Cup semi-final to complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes.

Clement was loaned to Hull on 29 February but was recalled to the Albion starting eleven for Tuesday's draw with Cardiff at Ninian Park.

Clement told BBC WM: "We've got a big squad of players and everyone's itching to play in that game.

"But I can't say I'm not up for it, that's for sure."

Neil gives you an assurance, a confidence with the ball at his feet and a wealth of knowledge
West Brom manager Tony Mowbray
Clement has suffered from knee injuries for much of the last two seasons.

The match at Cardiff on 1 April saw him start a League game for Albion for the first time since the opening game of the season, at Burnley in August.

Now Clement is in contention for a place in the Albion team to play Portsmouth in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.

He added: "I'm feeling ready for it but we'll see what the manager wants to do, a game like that doesn't come along very often, if I get the shout I'll do my best."

Albion manager Tony Mowbray said: "Neil gives you an assurance, a confidence with the ball at his feet and a wealth of knowledge, he's played at the top level.

"Neil had big injury problems earlier on in the season after starting the first game at Burnley for us.

"[Sending him to Hull] was really about getting some confidence and self-belief back for himself so that he could play without the discomfort of the injury, which hasn't gone away.

"It's there, he's got to live with the injury but he's doing that well."


see also
Barnsley v Cardiff
04 Apr 08 |  FA Cup
Wembley rail warning to City fans
04 Apr 08 |  South east
Cardiff wary of semi hype - Jones
04 Apr 08 |  Cardiff City
Lawro's predictions
03 Apr 08 |  Football
Barnsley's FA Cup run in photos
04 Apr 08 |  Barnsley
Struggling Barnsley make Cup vow
04 Apr 08 |  Barnsley
Steve Thompson's lowdown on Cardiff
03 Apr 08 |  Championship
Jason Perry column
02 Apr 08 |  Cardiff City
Cardiff 0-0 West Brom
01 Apr 08 |  Championship
Hull set to sign Clement on loan
20 Feb 08 |  Hull City


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