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West Bromwich Albion boss Alan Pardew challenges Jonny Evans to prove himself

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew challenges Jonny Evans to prove that he deserves to be reinstated as team captain.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Pardew has challenged captain Jonny Evans to prove that he deserved to be reinstated into the first team following his involvement in the recent 'Cab Four' scandal.

Evans was one of the players involved in an incident in Barcelona during which four Baggies players broke curfew and allegedly stole a taxi cab.

The Northern Ireland international was fined two weeks' wages for his part in the incident, along with Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill, but is expected to be reinstated as the team's skipper when they take on fellow Premier League strugglers Huddersfield Town this weekend.

"The most important thing, from Jonny's perspective, was his performance last Saturday - that was a very difficult game for him, and Barry," The Mirror quotes Pardew as saying.

"He showed real character to come through that, and so he should. This weekend he needs to prove to me, the fans and the club that he's the right man to lead us out of this.

"Trust me, he's paid a heavy price. But it's like all things in life - if you make a mistake, does that mean you have to spend the rest of your life paying for it? I don't think so."

West Brom head into their clash with Huddersfield rock bottom of the Premier League table, seven points away from a position of safety.

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Jonny Evans in action during the Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Manchester United on December 17, 2017
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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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