West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka granted leave amid retirement reports

British television channel Sky Sports News reported that Anelka had walked out of training and told club staff that he intended to retire.

updated: August 22, 2013 21:59 IST
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London: French striker Nicolas Anelka will miss West Bromwich Albion's game against Everton this weekend after being granted compassionate leave, the Premier League club announced on Thursday.

"West Bromwich Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will not be involved in Saturday's game at Everton," read a statement on the club website,

"The club have excused the striker from club duty on compassionate grounds."

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