West Brom boosted as midfielder returns to action after injury

Baggies winger Callum McManaman played 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Tuesday.

West Bromwich Albion have been handed a boost for the remainder of the season with the news that injured winger Callum McManaman could be fit to feature in some capacity this weekend after playing 45 minutes of football on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old has not played a single minute of competitive football in over two months after picking up an ankle injury in late January which subsequently required surgery.

The former England youth international became Tony Pulis' first signing as Albion manager in January 2015 but has made only seven Premier League starts for the club in the 15 months since his arrival.

However, he could yet kickstart his career at the Hawthorns in the remaining weeks of this season after returning to play 45 minutes in a behind-closed-doors 0-0 friendly draw with Burnley on Tuesday.

The Birmingham Mail claims that the winger could now be in contention to return for Pulis' side in the trip to Sunderland on Saturday after the conclusion of the international break.

However, that match is expected to come too soon for Scotland midfielder James Morrison, who is still on the mend after suffering a ruptured hamstring against Chelsea in January.

Albion have pushed up into mid-table in recent weeks with a run of improved form which saw them win three of four matches before a disappointing 1-0 home defeat to Norwich City last time out.

Ahead of the clash with the Black Cats this weekend, the Baggies are in 11th place in the Premier League table, just two points behind Chelsea and a place in the top half.

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