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The opening fixtures will hand new boss Irvine his first chance to make his mark to the Baggies supporters.
The Baggies' stalwart centre back is preparing for the big kick off against Sunderland on Saturday all too well New Balance 996 Revlite White
"Pre season is for preparation, to prepare for the season, and injuries are one aspect of that."
Add in the fact midfielder James Morrison is yet to kick a ball in anger after knee surgery, and Olsson could be forgiven for lamenting the Baggies' latest spate of misfortune.
"It's nice to start at home but that's all we can say."
At full back, new signings Cristian Gamboa and Jason Davidson are lacking visa and fitness respectively while record signing Brown Ideye is also playing catch up after missing most of pre season.
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"It worked very well with Roy Hodgson and with Steve Clarke so that's a good thing."
After all, Olsson's own department at the heart of defence is shorn of two of its stars in summer signing Joleon Lescott and the dependable Gareth McAuley, both sidelined by injury.
"All the teams will still have players coming in and players going and the window is open until the end of August.
"That's pre season," said the philosophical Olsson. "If you look at the 20 teams in the Premier League, do you think one team have their full squad yet? I think not.
to speak about easy games because there are no easy games," he said.
"You're going to have injuries and suspensions throughout the season so you need your whole squad.
aware of the problems that have beset new boss Alan Irvine as he prepares for his first campaign in charge.
But the big Sweden international is having none of it.
And Olsson believes summer signing Craig Gardner will be especially keen to start the campaign well on Saturday against the club that released him at the end of last season. Gardner joined Albion ona free transfer after being released by the Black Cats.
The Baggies kick off their new campaign with a home New Balance 1400 Heritage game against Sunderland, followed by trips to Southampton and Swansea before the first international break.
And with all three opponents enduring their share of turmoil in the last year, the Baggies will be under pressure to pick New Balance 574 Women Rose Gold
up early points.
"We have a good squad and we have a lot of players in each position and that's what you need throughout the year.
But Olsson believes the Scot, who struggled in his previous managerial appointments at Preston and Sheffield Wednesday, has already made an impression on his players.
"He is very respected and I've only got good things to say about him so far," said Olsson.
But Olsson is dismissing the notion that the fixture list has been kind to Alan Irvine's men.
"That's part of pre season and that hasn't disturbed us in any way.
"He's a nice man, a good coach and a nice person, which for me is very important.
"It's only positive feelings so far He is very hands on in training and I like that.
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"It's vital to have a gaffer that you really respect as a person so you want to go those extra yards for him.
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