Nicolas Anelka reported back for training with West Bromwich Albion today after boss Steve Clarke persuaded him to call off his threat to retire.
The Frenchman joined in a session with the first-team squad following a meeting with Clarke yesterday – six days after he stunned the club by revealing he wanted to quit.
And the 34-year-old, who was granted compassionate leave following the death of agent and friend Eric Manasse, could now figure in Sunday’s visit of Swansea.
In a statement, the club said: “Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training 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, he will rejoin his team-mates.”
Meanwhile, Albion officials will meet with the agent of striker Shane Long this week in another attempt to thrash out a deal over a new contract.
Long’s representative is due at the Baggies training ground for fresh talks with Baggies sporting and technical director Richard Garlick.
Long’s current deal has a year to run plus another year’s option in the club’s favour but the Ireland international is keen to extend his stay at The Hawthorns. The former Reading man, who is now Albion’s record signing after add-ons took his transfer fee to £4.9m, has been with the club for two seasons.
The negotiations come as the Baggies look to add new faces to their squad ahead of Monday’s transfer deadline.
Boss Steve Clarke said: “Richard and the chairman should be focusing on bringing players in rather than sorting out Shane’s contract.”
Albion are targeting new forwards and wingers as they look to strengthen in the final days of the summer transfer window.
“The club know we need players and the chairman and Richard are aware of that,” said Clarke. “Hopefully, they were working hard. We need players; whether we’re closer or not I couldn’t tell you.”