West Bromwich Albion striker Saido Berahino has engaged in a new argument with boss Tony Pulis after reports emerged that the club believes he is not fit enough to play.
The former England U21 international has endured a torrid and controversial period with the Baggies after being refused a transfer away from the club on several occasions, while his fitness and attitude in training has often been questioned by the fans and Pulis himself.
And according to the Mirror, a fresh row has now begun between the pair after Pulis reportedly suggested that the 23-year-old wasn't fit enough for a first team recall, and denied the player a chance to start in their FA Cup fixture against Derby County this weekend.
Berahino has not played for the club since September, and despite turning down an offer to extend his current contract by tripling his wages to £60k-a-week, feels he is being treated unfairly by the club in not allowing him to get minutes on the pitch this campaign.
Pulis is hoping to get the Englishman back to the form he showed in 2014/15 where he netted 20 goals for the club in an astounding season, which led to the likes of Tottenham Hotspur chasing his signature.
But even after attending an isolated fitness camp away from the squad in France earlier this season, Pulis appears uninterested in bringing the troublesome forward back into the squad, stating: "I don’t know if he will be in the squad. I don’t think he’s physically ready, we’ll see.
“There are lots of things that Saido has to do. He’s just got to step up.
"That’s what we’re asking him to do, to make sure he’s ready mentally and physically and when he’s ready mentally and physically he’s as good as anything.”