West Bromwich Albion winger Matt Phillips is expected to return to training this week after a spell on the sidelines, according to reports from the Express and Star.
The 27-year old was out of action for around seven weeks after the Baggies’ 2-1 defeat to Blackburn Rovers on New Year’s Day, and also picked up another frustrating injury blow after their 1-0 home defeat to Sheffield United last week.
The winger was absent from the squad as Albion fell to a bitterly disappointing 4-0 defeat at Leeds United on Friday night, a result that leaves the club’s automatic promotion chances in real doubt.
But ahead of the Baggies’ home clash with bottom side Ipswich Town this weekend, news has now emerged that Phillips is expected to be back in training this week, as he nears a return to first-team action.
The winger has been magnificent for Darren Moore’s men this season, scoring five goals and producing seven assists for the Baggies.
Friday night’s result at Elland Road leaves Albion sitting 4th in the Sky Bet Championship table, seven points off the play-offs after two straight defeats.
This is a real boost for the Baggies in what is a crucial stage of the season for the club.
Having Phillips out against Leeds was a big blow, as they didn’t really offer anything out wide in his absence.
He has contributed to plenty of goals this season and is easily one of their best players, and he will be integral for the club as we approach the final stages of the campaign.