Dorrans close to return
West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans could return to training this week as part of his quest for fitness.
Last Updated: 18/05/11 1:29pm
West Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans could return to training this week as part of his early preparations for next season.
The Scotland international has not played since the 1-1 draw with Stoke at the end of February, having sustained an ankle injury in training.
Dorrans will not be offered a run-out in West Brom's trip to Newcastle on Sunday's final day of the season, despite Premier League safety having already been secured.
But first-team coach Michael Appleton has confirmed that the 24-year-old could take part in training before the summer holiday.
"As far as I'm aware, it's still a possibility for Dozza to come in towards the end of the week and do a bit of the light stuff," Appleton told West Brom's official website
"That would be a bonus for us and a bonus for Dozza leading into the summer.
"I'm sure he'll be working hard over the summer - probably a little bit harder than the other boys to ensure he's right for the opening day of pre-season.
"It'll be good for him to get in a couple of days this week before he breaks up. That's the idea behind it, really. I would imagine he is desperate to get back involved.
"Knowing Dozza, he will have wanted to have done it sooner, but, ultimately, I think it's the right decision that we just give him a couple of days this week.
"He'll then go away and be chomping at the bit at the start of next season."