By Jack Cunningham

10th Sep, 2021 | 8:15pm

West Brom man Matt Clarke is edging closer to a return

West Brom man Matt Clarke is slowly closing in on a return to the first-team squad, according to Valerien Ismael.

Speaking in his pre-match press conference, the Baggies boss sounded positive about the 24-year-old’s recovery from a hamstring injury that has seen him miss West Brom’s last two games [Birmingham Mail].

However, in the same week that Dara O’Shea was ruled out for a long time, it appears as if Clarke is getting closer and closer, which is good timing.

Ismael said: “Matt Clarke is out, but there are good signs that he might come back earlier.

“We don’t want to rush with him, but we see very good performances from him in training, the sessions he’s made so far. We’ll see the next seven or eight days.”

Good news for once.

After a tough week on the injury front for the Baggies, it is great to hear that Clarke is edging closer to a return.

The tough centre-back has joined the club on a season-long loan from Brighton & Hove Albion but has been denied the chance to show what he can do recently.

The defender has made over 80 appearances in the Championship and amassed nearly 200 appearances for Portsmouth, and the Baggies scouts clearly saw something they liked.

It has been a frustrating time for Clarke and for West Brom fans who have only seen Clarke a few times, but it finally seems as if the light is at the end of the tunnel.

Hopefully, we see the defender in the Championship very soon, and he can get his Baggies career underway.

In other West Brom news, Valerien Ismael has provided an update on Kean Bryan’s situation.