Nacer Chadli’s immediate West Brom future rests in the ‘healing Hans’ of a German doctor whose controversial methods attract a star-studded clientele.
Usain Bolt, the world’s fastest man, Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola and U2 frontman Bono have all consulted Dr Hans-Wilhelm Müller-Wohlfahrt.
His unique techniques include extracting goat’s blood for injections to cure recurring hamstring problems.
Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt, known as Healing Hans, has also used a substance extracted from the crest of cockerels for his alternative treatments.
Chadli played twice for Belgium over the past week, before being diverted to Germany for the celebrity doctor’s medical attention.
But he can hardly get a game for Albion and has made only one appearance this season.
It would seem he needs a minor miracle or some sort of divine intervention.
Although it appears Dr Müller-Wohlfahrt has a far more conventional solution to Chadli’s niggling back complaint.
“You have to speak to the (Albion) doc medically to ask why this injection helps him,” Baggies boss Tony Pulis said.
“But he’s had it before when he was at Tottenham two or three times.
“It has loosened up the problem which causes the muscular injuries he gets sometimes.
“He’s gone to Wohlfahrt in Germany and we’re happy with it.
“We’re disappointed in respect of the fact he can’t come straight back.
“But once he has the injection we expect him to be a lot looser in his lower back and we think that will improve the chances of keeping him fit.
Chadli played the entire 90 minutes in Belgium’s 4-0 win over Cyprus on Tuesday night and came through the game unscathed.
His injection was scheduled long before as part of a wellness plan mapped out for the midfielder.
“We felt the 90 minutes (for Belgium) was important for him,” Pulis added.
“It’s all been agreed and sorted out.”
Chadi is yet to play a minute of Premier League football since failing to report for Albion’s pre-season training camp in Austria.
He was an unused substitute in Albion’s first three league games before being sidelined for two weeks with a hamstring injury.
Chadli returned to the fold for the draw at Watford last time out, but watched from the bench.
Pulis insists there is no rift and is hopeful the Belgian might still available to face Leicester City on Monday night.
“We won’t see Chadli until Saturday morning so when he comes back we’ll have a look, we’ll assess it,” Pulis said.
“I think he could play but it’s just what state he’s going to be in.
“It would be lovely to have him in the team, but unfortunately we’ve not been able to do that.”
Source : BirminghamMail