West Bromwich Albion continued training this week without six key international players who are all away on duty with their respective national teams.

The majority of the club's foreign stars are away preparing for crucial European Championship qualifiers.

And while manager Tony Mowbray will be hoping his stars come back unscathed, his greatest concern is for Robert Koren who has not played for Albion this season after suffering a freak eye injury in training back in July.

Koren was only given the all-clear by an eye specialist last week, and has yet to train with his club team-mates.

However, he has been selected to join the Slovenia squad.

Mowbray said: "If Robert is not ready to start games for us, I would suggest he is not ready to play in qualification games for his country.

"Robert has a decent relationship, however, with his national manager and I am sure common-sense will prevail."

Slovenia are currently struggling to qualify for the Euro 2008 finals next summer and face Luxembourg away and Belarus at home in Group F. They are sandwiched in sixth-place between their two opponents and way off the pace.

Albion striker Craig Beattie, who scored his side's second goal in their 2-0 win over Barnsley at The Hawthorns on Saturday, has joined up with Scotland for their crucial qualifiers.

Scotland entertain Lithuania this weekend and then travel to France for Wednesday's crunch clash. Scotland are currently third in the Group B table, just three points behind the French leaders and need to win at least one of their matches to secure their passage in the competition.

Northern Ireland international Chris Brunt, who joined the Baggies in the summer in a #3 million move from Sheffield Wednesday, has joined Nigel Worthington's squad as they take on bottom two countries, Latvia and Iceland, in Group F.

Zoltan Gera has been called up by Hungary who have tough assignments against Group C high-fliers Bosnia-Herzegovina at home and then Turkey away in Istanbul.

Hungary currently lie fifth trailing some 12 points behind table-toppers Greece.

Meanwhile Albion right-back Carl Hoefkens is representing Belgium in Group A.

They travel to Kazakhstan on Wednesday but currently standing in fourth place, nine points behind leaders Poland, qualification looks a tall order.

Albion's sixth international, Pele, who joined the Baggies from Southampton this summer, has been selected by the Cape Verde Islands for their trip to Guinea this weekend in the African Nations Cup. n Albion have slashed ticket prices for their third round Carling Cup encounter with Cardiff City at The Hawthorns.

Seats for the match on Tuesday September 25 (7.45pm kick-off) will cost #10 for adults and #5 concessions.

Tickets went on sale to season ticket holders and members yesterday while tickets go on general sale at 12 noon on Saturday September 22.

Albion will be looking to continue their excellent cup form so far which has seen them dispose of lower league opposition in the form of Bournemouth and Peterborough.