Tony Pulis will check on Stephane Sessegnon’s fitness for West Brom’s trip to Sunderland after his late return from international duty.
The Baggies boss was irked with the 31-year-old Benin international because he only returned to training on Friday after a successful two weeks away with his country when he scored three goals in two games against South Sudan during Africa Cup of Nations qualifying.
Pulis pointed out that striker Salomon Rondon managed to return to training earlier in the week despite being away with Venezuela and felt Sessegnon could have made it back earlier.
He said in his press conference on Friday morning: “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.”
It means Sessegnon could be left out of the squad against his former club at the Stadium of Light, while James Morrison is the only absentee with his ongoing hamstring injury, but he should return to training next week.
Callum McManaman is expected to be involved with the squad after he successfully returned to action from an ankle injury in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Burnley this week.
Pulis is looking for his players to bounce back from the defeat against Norwich a fortnight ago and pick up the win at Sunderland which will virtually guarantee safety.
The Baggies are 11th in the table on 39 points going into game and the Welsh tactician said: “If we can get to that magic 40 points as quick as possible, we can then push on from there.
“Every place in this league is more money. The players have that pride to finish as high as possible too.”