West Brom manager disappointed with absent Sessègnon

The Baggies have steadied the ship in recent weeks, with three wins and a draw in their last five Premier League games.

West Bromwich Albion manager - Tony Pulis, has criticised striker Stéphane Sessègnon for failing to report back to the club until today, following international duty.

The former Sunderland man had been in Benin, representing his country in two African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference, Pulis felt there is no excuse for his absence, highlighting the example set by Sessègnon's team-mate - Salomon Rondon, who was back in training on Tuesday after being away with Venezuela:

"Salomon Rondon was back in and training on Tuesday and he's come from the other side of the planet [Venezuela]. So it's disappointing that Sess hasn't turned up, but I haven't spoken to him yet."

The former Stoke City manager is a keen advocate of discipline, as he proved with his handling of Saido Berahino, following a string of club rules infractions.

West Brom travel to Sessègnon's former club - Sunderland, on Saturday, and with Pulis' omission that he has yet to speak to his player, there must be the possibility of him not being selected.

The Baggies fans are unlikely to be too disappointed, however, Sessègnon has scored just two goals in 28 appearances this term, whilst chipping in with only two assists.

In a Premier League career that has spanned 264 games, Pulis is experienced in dealing with situations like this and the West Brom fans will hope he makes the right call.

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