Albion granted work permit for new signing Stephane Sessegnon

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Stephane Sessegnon was this afternoon cleared to make his Albion debut against Sunderland on Saturday.

The deadline-day signing was given the green light to go up against his former boss Paolo Di Canio at The Hawthorns after he was finally granted his work permit.

The Benin international was prevented from figuring at Fulham at the weekend after a last-minute paperwork problem.

However, Albion were boosted this afternoon when the application was rubber stamped.

Sessegnon's debut has been spiced up by Black Cats boss Di Canio, who has questioned the 29-year-old's commitment during his final days at the Stadium of Light.

"Purely as a player, I wanted to keep him," said the Italian.

"But he did not make me enjoy the first three games in the league this season – he was a surprising negative in our performances. He becomes so that he struggles to give more than 60 per cent in anything – on or off the pitch. His time has gone."

Meanwhile, Steven Reid, George Thorne and Zoltan Gera are set to step up their return from injury in a behind-closed-doors practice match today against Swindon.

It would represent Thorne's first match action since the young midfielder ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament at Everton on January 30. It would be just a second appearance for Gera, who suffered the same injury three weeks earlier and made his comeback when he played in hour for Albion's under-21s last week.

Reid has yet to figure this season after suffering a series of niggling problems during the pre-season campaign.

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