West Brom have been handed a fitness boost ahead of their clash with Burnley next weekend, with Nacer Chadli expected to feature.
Liverpool loanee Daniel Sturridge could also be fit to face the Clarets at the Hawthorns in a must win game for the Baggies.
However the clash will come too soon for James Morrison who is some way off returning just yet, despite responding well to a treatment programme in Qatar.
Chadli has made just one appearance since October, and could be key to saving Albion from relegation this season, although the cards are stacked against them.
Manager Alan Pardew says he has taken every precaution with the Belgium international who has been plagued with injuries this season, saying;
We have to be very, very careful.
A recurrence of an old injury always makes you a bit more nervous.
We’re desperate to have him back because we’re running out of time so we are chasing him along.
Meanwhile Sturridge returned to training last week and is closing in on making a return to the side.
His return will give Pardew some brief respite knowing that they have a slight chance of beating the drop this season.
Sturridge was signed on loan in January with the intention of being Albion’s jailbreak option, but after just 78 minutes of football, the England international has not offered much positivity thus far. Pardew continued;
For a long time this team has struggled to score goals from open play.
I brought Daniel in to correct that and he’s only played three games.
We’re hoping Daniel gets fit and becomes a real asset to us.