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Carlos Corberan hopeful on West Brom trio Daryl Dike, Semi Ajayi and Kean Bryan

Carlos Corberan has revealed some of Albion's long-term injury absentees could return before the World Cup break in under a fortnight.


The head coach is preparing his bottom of the table side for their second clash of his tenure as Blackpool visit The Hawthorns tomorrow night.

Albion will remain without key defender Semi Ajayi (ankle) and luckless striker Daryl Dike (thigh) – who has spent much of his 10 months at the club sidelined – for the visit of the Seasiders as the Baggies aim to lift off the foot of the table.

Corberan revealed that the duo, as well as defender Kean Bryan – who has been out almost exactly a year with an ACL injury – have made advances and are in the final stages of their rehabilitation training with Corberan's assistant coaches Jorge Alarcon and Jaime Monroy.

The head coach added that, if recovery continues without further setback, some of Albion's absentees could return to feature before the Championship pauses for a month on Saturday week. Albion face Blackpool, QPR and Stoke before the pause.

"Today for example this group of players were training individually with our assistants, separately from the group," Corberan said.

"They are in the last step of their recoveries, that's why the physical and medical department moved the players to work with the assistant coaches.

"Today, they were doing more specific football work, something they couldn't do before.

"It means that in a short time that we can add more numbers, more possibilities, to the squad."

Asked about a return by the time the side welcome Stoke on November 12, the head coach said: "I think so, I think so. If everyone progresses how they are doing, before the international break we can have some of these players."