West Bromwich Albion winger Silvestre Varela will take part in a behind-closed-doors friendly match against Leicester City on Wednesday as he bids to step up his fitness following a minor operation.
The 29-year-old is currently on loan from FC Porto, but as yet he has made only one senior appearance for Alan Irvine’s side, setting up a goal in the 3-2 League Cup win against Hull City.
But now he is ready to return to action, and Baggies boss Irvine has been talking about how far he needs to go before he can be considered for first-team duties.
In comments published by West Brom’s official website, Irvine said, “It’s another step in his recovery.
“When I get the numbers in each day it’s clear what each training session is taking out of him.
“You’re comparing lads who have reached their proper levels with somebody who is trying to get there.”
Today’s match is another step in the right direction, and Irvine clearly hopes he can soon call on someone he signed in the hope of making a big difference this season.
“He was signed to be a creator of chances,” he added. “We have seen one little glimpse in the Hull game…but other than that sadly we have not had a chance to see him.”
With another international break now upon us and Varela set to play this afternoon, hopefully he will be back sooner rather than later.
Having scored 48 goals and provided 23 assists for Porto, he certainly has what it takes to shine at The Hawthorns when fit.