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McManaman, Evans, and Dawson all set for Albion return

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Callum McManaman, Jonny Evans and Craig Dawson are all expected to be fit for West Brom's next game against Norwich on Saturday March 19.

The trio have recovered from their various injuries and according to the club doctor, should be available for the game at The Hawthorns.

McManaman has been out with an ankle problem since the end of January and the winger had to have surgery on the injury.

The former Wigan winger is now back in training and is expected to be passed fit for next week's game.

Evans has missed the last three matches after pulling a hamstring near the end of Albion's FA Cup exit at Reading, while Dawson limped off during the Manchester United win with an aggravated foot injury.

"We are optimistic all three will be in contention by the time the Norwich game comes around," said Dr Mark Gillett, who heads the club's medical team.

"Callum has been out the longest of this trio but he has already returned to a level of training.

"I am hopeful he should be able to step that up next week.

"It has been a tough period for everyone and while we handled the Christmas schedule without too many difficulties, the more recent demands because of the FA Cup replays stretched us and was very demanding.

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"In that sense, you won't find my staff complaining too loudly that we are inactive for a weekend.

"It has given us a little respite and some breathing space."

Dr Gillett hopes James Morrison won't be too far behind his teammates.

Morrison has been out since rupturing his hamstring tendon at Stamford Bridge in the middle of January.

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He has also undergone surgery, but now that the Baggies are all-but guaranteed to stay up next season, the club are not rushing him back.

However, the 29-year-old is gagging to get back on the pitch.

"Mozza is desperate to get out there again and of course we understand his impatience," said Dr Gillett.

"But you have to be careful players don't try to do too much too soon,"

Chris Brunt is the only other player at the club currently injured.

He's been into the training ground every day this week as he tries to recover from surgery on the knee injury which has ruled him out for six months and ruined his Euro 2016 dream.

"Chris is in good spirits – and the work starts immediately," added Gillett.

"He's doing a lot of work in the pool with the focus now on building up muscle and reducing the swelling."

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