Tony Pulis is fearful that the upcoming international break will bring West Brom striker Salomon Rondon’s good run of form to an end.
The Baggies boss was delighted with the 27-year-old’s fifth goal in seven Premier League starts as it snatched a share of the spoils at his former club Stoke in what was also his 1,000th game in management.
However, Pulis feels Rondon’s imminent return to South America, following this weekend’s visit of Sunderland, could knock him off his stride when the Premier League resumes in mid-October.
Rondon is set to feature heavily for his country in World Cup qualification games against Uruguay and Brazil and Pulis told the Express & Star: “The one disadvantage is him going back to South America. But we knew that when we signed him.
“It’s always a little bit of a concern before he goes.
“He’s a very patriotic lad, but you just get a little bit concerned while he’s away.
“But he’s a smashing lad and very well liked in the dressing room. Him and (Nacer) Chadli, who again at times I thought was outstanding, have the quality we need.”
Pulis added: “Just the travel and the climate and everything else. I worry about everything – so it’s normal stuff for me.”