Daniel Sturridge faces race to be fit for West Brom's trip to Manchester United
Daniel Sturridge is facing a race to be fit in time to feature for Albion before the club’s relegation is confirmed.
The Liverpool striker has been sidelined for the past two months with a hamstring injury picked up against Chelsea on February 12.
Although he is ‘edging closer’ to a return and is set to be back in full training this week, he remains a doubt for Albion’s trip to Manchester United this Sunday.
Even if he’s passed fit, he is unlikely to start, but is currently an outside bet for a place on the bench.
Sturridge is not available for the game against his parent club Liverpool at The Hawthorns the following weekend, when Albion’s relegation is likely to be confirmed.
His loan signing in January appeared promising at the time, but it has turned into a disaster.
The England international has only played 77 minutes for the Baggies in total, scoring no goals.
Albion have paid Liverpool a £1.5million loan fee and are stumping up £120,000 each week for his wages.
Sturridge’s return is likely to come against Newcastle at the end of the month.
But whether the Liverpool man features in the final three games of the campaign, when Albion will be building for next season, remains to be seen.
Nacer Chadli and Sam Field are both available for this weekend’s trip to Manchester after coming through an under-23s match on Monday unscathed.
Director of Performance Mark Gillett said: “We can be optimistic Sam and Nacer will be available for selection at Old Trafford. There were no issues at Brighton and the pair will continue in full training this week.”
Jonny Evans remains touch and go for his return to Old Trafford after picking up a knee injury in training last week.
Hal Robson-Kanu has been ruled out of this weekend’s game after suffering concussion in the 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth.
He is due to be available for the home game with Liverpool on Saturday, April 21.
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