Baggies ace comes through comeback

Chris Brunt was happy with his return to action from a long-term knee injury and is already eyeing more minutes for West Brom’s U23s.

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The 31-year-old has been sidelined since rupturing his anterior cruciate knee ligament in a Premier League game against Crystal Palace in February, which also forced him to miss Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign in France in the summer.

However, Brunt was thrust back into action in Monday’s Premier League 2 clash against derby rivals Aston Villa at Walsall’s Banks’s Stadium, and he set up a goal for Callum McManaman during an hour-long run-out in a 5-2 win.

He admitted to feeling ‘rusty’ during his comeback but is now looking to get some more game time as he bids to get back into boss Tony Pulis’ first-team plans as soon as possible.

“It was nice to get out,” he told the Express & Star. “I’ve been training for the last couple of weeks but it’s never the same until you get on the pitch again.

“I was a bit rusty to be fair, gave the ball away a few times in the first half but it felt a bit better as the game went on.

“Hopefully that’s a step in the right direction, see how the next few weeks go I suppose.

“Training’s obviously a little bit different. You can move away in training if you don’t fancy them but in a game situation you’re never too sure what’s coming.

“It’s a local game as well, both teams want to beat each other, young lads were flying about out there. It does make me feel a bit old to be totally honest.”

Brunt added: “I don’t think I’m anywhere near starting a first team game to be totally honest. I’d be out on my feet after 10 minutes, I could probably do with a couple more games like that and take it from there.”

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