Chris Brunt could return from a long-term knee injury in October while his character has been praised by West Brom doctor Mark Gillett.
The 31-year-old suffered a heart-breaking cruciate knee ligament injury against Crystal Palace at the Hawthorns in March.
The serious problem not only prematurely ended his season with the Baggies, it also scuppered his hopes of representing Northern Ireland at Euro 2016 in France this summer after he played a huge role in helping Michael O’Neill’s side qualify.
However, Brunt has been working hard on his rehabilitation and is around a month away from a return to boss Tony Pulis’ first-team.
Dr Gillett has been with Brunt all the way through his quest to get back to full fitness and has nothing but praise for the way he has gone about things.
He told the Express & Star: “Chris is making good progress. He’s doing well and is now back in training.
“Obviously, we need to balance that with the fact that he has been out for the last six months.
“We will make sure he is carefully managed over the next few weeks.”