Report explains when Ali Gabr is likely to make West Brom debut

Alan Pardew, Manager of WestBromwich Albion  gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on December 13, 2017 in...

Egyptian international centre-back Ali Gabr joined West Bromwich Albion from Zamalek in the January transfer window but has not played yet.

TOPSHOT - Burkina Faso's forward Aristide Bance kicks the ball past Egypt's defender Ali Gabr (R) during the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations semi-final football match between Burkina Faso and...

In another tumultuous week for West Bromwich Albion, who lost 3-0 to Chelsea on Monday and sacked their chairman and chief executive a day later, there is finally some good news.

January signing Ali Gabr has finally received his work permit and is now free to make his debut for the Premier League strugglers.

West Brom signed the centre-back from Zamalek on loan last month with an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the season, Gabr joining Egyptian international teammate Ahmed Hegazi at The Hawthorns.

Ali Gabr of West Bromwich Albion and Ahmed El-Sayed Hegazi of West Bromwich Albion take a look around the pitch prior to the Premier League match between Manchester City and West Bromwich...

Red tape meant that the 29-year-old missed out on defeats to Southampton, Manchester City and Chelsea. But, according to the Birmingham Mail, Gabr will now be free to make his bow at last in this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Southampton.

The FA Cup has suddenly become hugely important for the Baggies as they aim to take their mind off their dismal form in the Premier League.

Alan Pardew, Manager of WestBromwich Albion  gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion at Anfield on December 13, 2017 in...

West Brom have won just one of their last 25 league games and currently sit bottom, a mammoth seven points adrift of safety.

They have also conceded 40 goals in 27 fixtures this season so manager Alan Pardew will be hoping that Gabr, like Hegazi, can adapt to English football quickly.

FIFA World Cup 2018FIFA 2018 World Cup Russia - click here for all of our coverage...

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch