Double boost for Baggies
West Brom duo Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu have returned from international duty injury-free.
Last Updated: 30/03/11 1:36pm
Roy Hodgson has confirmed West Brom duo Peter Odemwingie and Youssouf Mulumbu have returned from international duty injury-free, despite fears over their fitness.
Reports in the Nigerian media this week suggested Odemwingie had damaged his thigh, while Mulumbu was struggling with muscular problems before he linked up with the DR Congo national side.
But both players came through full training with Albion on Tuesday ahead of Saturday's visit of Liverpool, and manager Hodgson says he has no fitness concerns over the pair.
"Peter is okay, he came back and trained yesterday, as did Mulumbu - it was good to have them back," Hodgson told West Brom's official website.
"They've got a day off to rest, which they probably need as they both travelled. So, by Thursday they'll be fully fit."
James Morrison, who featured in Scotland's 2-0 friendly defeat by Brazil on Sunday, has also returned to training after having the stitches removed from the head wound he sustained against Arsenal.
Hodgson added: "Morrison stayed back an extra day before travelling to join up with Scotland.
"He had the stitches out on Monday. It's a nasty wound and he now has a big black eye because the blood has come down from the wound.
"He looks worse than he is, but he's fit and trained yesterday."
Hodgson also provided a positive update on the fitness of Graham Dorrans, who has been sidelined for almost a month after picking up a training-ground ankle injury.
The manager says he is making progress, but is not yet setting a date for the midfielder's comeback.
"Graham is improving," he added. "It's positive but we can't put a date on his return.
"At the end of last week it looked less positive than now, which is good news.
"In the space of three days we're stepping in the right direction. But we don't quite know when he'll be back.
"It was quite a serious ankle ligament injury. He is walking better and jogging but the medical staff are being circumspect with him because we don't want him to go back to training and then break down again.
"We're being very careful with him - but he is looking good."