Sunderland v West Brom: Latest team news

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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has no fresh injury problems as he prepares for Saturday’s vital Barclays Premier League clash with West Brom.

Younes Kaboul has returned to training after limping out of the 1-1 derby draw with Newcastle on March 20 with a calf problem, while fellow central defender Lamine Kone and midfielder Wahbi Khazri have recovered from the minor knocks which prevented them from linking up with the Ivory Coast and Tunisia respectively during the international break.

Full-back Billy Jones is expected to be fit after nursing a slight knock, leaving only striker Duncan Watmore (ankle ligaments) on the casualty list.

Provisional squad: Mannone, Pickford, Van Aanholt, Yedlin, O’Shea, Jones, Kone, Kaboul, Brown, Kirchhoff, Cattermole, M’Vila, Khazri, Borini, Rodwell, Lens, Toivonen, Larsson, Defoe, N’Doye.

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Callum McManaman could be available for West Brom’s trip to Sunderland after making his return from an ankle problem in a behind-closed-doors friendly with Burnley this week.

Stephane Sessegnon will be assessed following international duty with Benin, where he scored three goals in two games against South Sudan in African Nations Cup qualifying.

Chris Brunt is out until next season with a serious knee injury while James Morrison remains sidelined with a hamstring problem but is closing in on a return.

Provisional squad: Foster, Myhill, Olsson, Chester, Dawson, Gamboa, Pocognoli, McAuley, Evans, Yacob, Fletcher, Gardner, Sandro, Pritchard, McManaman, McClean, Sessegnon, Berahino, Rondon, Anichebe, Lambert.

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