Robert Snodgrass is ‘close to a return’ from injury ahead of West Bromwich Albion’s meeting with Everton, says Steve Madeley of The Athletic.

The 33-year-old has missed Albion’s last two Premier League games as he’s been sidelined with a bruised knee and a tear in his calf muscle, but Sam Allardyce said days ago that Snodgrass should be back on Thursday.

And although he might be short of match fitness due to his two-week absence, Snodgrass could feature heavily against the Toffees as Matheus Pereira and Matt Phillips haven’t set the place alight of late.

Phillips and Pereira scored a 5 and 6 respectively in Birmingham Live’s player ratings against Burnley and the pair scored a five in Birmingham Live’s player ratings against Brighton, so Snodgrass could replace one of the duo.

Allardyce is a big fan of the 33-year-old’s work rate and distribution, so he might want a more productive wide-man against Everton. West Brom have two games to come in the space of three days, so they might be forced into making changes to rest players.

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Snodgrass is a regular in the team when fit, but it’s touch and go whether he’s able to start against Everton. He should return to the starting eleven soon, but Thursday might be too soon.