West Brom manager Valerien Ismael plans to speak with striker Callum Robinson over his decision to get a vaccine for Covid-19.

Robinson hit the headlines last week after revealing he had chosen not to be vaccinated against Covid-19 despite twice contracting the virus.

However, he provided the perfect response to any criticism he received as a result by scoring twice in Ireland's 3-0 victory over Azerbaijan before claiming a hat-trick in the 4-0 victory over Qatar.

With Robinson now back at his club the question of his vaccination status has been raised once more but while Ismael admits that he will talk to Robinson about it, he insists he respects his right to make a personal choice.

"The first thing to say is it's a personal choice," he said. "We can’t force anyone to take the vaccine and we need to respect the position of each person and not stigmatise him or make him look bad.

"He has the right to take his decision. The only thing I can say is that I am fully vaccinated and the club provided early this week vaccination possibility for the players so the majority of our players are vaccinated now.

"So we have a good feeling but we need to respect everyone.

"When you are a public person and you work at a football team you need to make sure you protect yourself, protect your team-mates and protect your family because every day we are in contact with a lot of people. At the moment the only way we can protect ourselves is to get the vaccine. That's my own thought on this.

"We need to protect team-mates, the squad so we can carry on with the schedule and the games and with the training sessions.

"We don't need the training ground being shut down for two weeks, that could be massive for us. It’s just to make sure that everyone knows."

When asked if he had spoke to Robinson about his decision not to get vaccinated, the manager replied: "Not yet – we will speak about it.

"We will have time to speak, he only came back yesterday from international duty so it's been difficult."

The manager is hoping that Robinson will bring his international form back to the Hawthornes and is delighted to see him return with confidence high.

"I think that's it's a great feeling for him, for his country and for us. We saw already he brought the confidence with him so he needs to continue on the same way.

"It just shows up his quality we know what he's capable of doing on the pitch."