Nicolas Anelka's football future took another twist - when West Bromwich Albion confirmed he would return to training on Thursday.
The 34-year-old former French international striker had been given leave of absence on compassionate grounds following the death of his agent.
But he departed telling staff he planned to retire and with head coach Steve Clarke admitting he wasn't sure whether Anelka would be back.
But the Baggies have received a major boost with the news that Anelka had returned and would resume training on Thursday - and possibly be in contention for Sunday's game against Swansea.
An club statement last night read: "Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow and be available for selection for Sunday’s game against Swansea.
"The striker was excused from club duty for the fixtures against Everton and Newport on compassionate grounds and, having met with head coach Steve Clarke today, he will rejoin his team-mates tomorrow."