West Brom assistant manager Michael Appleton has insisted midfielder Graham Dorrans will not be rushed back to fitness.
The playmaker has already been out for six weeks after suffering an ankle injury in training ahead of the home clash with Tottenham.
While Appleton hopes the Scotland international will return before the end of the season, he says the priority is to get Dorrans back 100 per cent fit.
He said: "Graham is ticking along and doing his rehabilitation work, doing what is expected of him.
"Hopefully we might see him before the end of the season, fingers crossed.
"But it's one thing saying 'you're fit' and another thing saying 'you're match fit' and the games are running out now.
"Deep down we know if Graham Dorrans comes back and plays any football between now and the end of the season that would be great for everyone.
"But, if he doesn't, we've been playing without him for the last few weeks anyway and we'll just get on with it."
The assistant boss added: "It would be foolish of us to start rushing players back in, especially when you've only got five games and five crucial games.
"You want to be sure that every player that starts or comes on is 100 per cent fit."