Clarke readies replacements

West Brom boss has three players lined up in place of Odemwingie

Romelu Lukaku: Belgian teenager could start against Reading on Saturday

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West Bromwich Albion manager Steve Clarke is confident that he can replace suspended striker Peter Odemwingie.

The 31-year-old was shown the red card during the Baggies' 3-0 defeat at Fulham in the Premier League last weekend and will now miss the next three games.

The first match that Odemwingie is banned for is the Premier League clash against Reading at The Hawthorns on Saturday, but Clarke has already lined up the Nigerian's potential replacements.

Romelu Lukaku

"He [Romelu Lukaku] could come into the picture," he said in The Express & Star. "He's been in my thoughts since the minute he came into the club.

"But I've said before that I've been delighted with Shane Long and the decision to take him off at Fulham was purely tactical.

"We couldn't get enough support to him in the first half and then when we went down to 10 men we needed a different type of forward in Romelu.

"And I've got Markus Rosenberg chomping at the bit, so I've got plenty to chew over before the weekend.

"Peter is out for three games and I'll concentrate on those we have available. I will decide on the best team to play against Reading.

"Peter is suspended so there is an opportunity for someone."