Boss: No dis­cus­sion over re­call for Barnes

Birmingham Post - - SPORT -

AL­BION boss Dar­ren Moore played down talk of an early loan re­call for Har­vey Barnes, in­sist­ing there had been no con­tact from his par­ent club Le­ices­ter.

Premier League Le­ices­ter have the op­tion to re­call the nine-goal mid­fielder this month as part of the loan deal agreed last sum­mer.

Re­ports sug­gested Foxes boss Claude Puel had opened the door for an early re­union with Barnes, who nearly in­spired yet an­other Al­bion come­back at Black­burn on New Year’s Day.

But Moore says there has been no di­a­logue between the clubs.

“No, be­cause we’ve been out­side the win­dow,” the Bag­gies boss (pic­tured) said. “We knew Har­vey was here now. The win­dow’s back open.

“We’ll talk to Le­ices­ter about Har­vey and once we know the de­ci­sion we’ll no­tify you guys.

“Har­vey’s been an ex­cel­lent player for West Brom, he’s shown the qual­i­ties why we brought him to the club.

“We’ve im­proved him as a player.

“He was a con­stant threat for us here and he showed his skill and tem­per­a­ment. He has a goal prow­ess about him.

“Long may that con­tinue for the sec­ond half of the sea­son, but we’ll speak to Le­ices­ter dur­ing the month.”

Barnes earned the penalty Jay Ro­driguez dis­patched to get Al­bion back in it at Ewood Park but there was no late come­back this time as they lost 2-1.

Al­bion’s cause wasn’t helped by the 87th-minute dis­missal of Jake Liver­more, his sec­ond red card of the sea­son. He was or­dered off for drag­ging Lewis Travis to the ground after the Black­burn man had en­tered into a full-blooded chal­lenge with Chris Brunt.

Liver­more will face a four-match ban, with three games for his Ewood Park red plus one more for his sec­ond send­ing-off of the sea­son.

Liver­more will now have to sit out Satur­day’s FA Cup third round tie against Wi­gan as well as the vi­tal six-pointer against Nor­wich at The Hawthorns on Jan­uary 12 and games at Bolton and QPR.

> Dar­ren Moore

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