By Anthony Onifade

16th Nov, 2023 | 9:10pm

John Swift and Josh Maja could return for West Brom Championship clash v Ipswich

West Brom duo John Swift and Josh Maja could make their returns from injury against Ipswich Town in the Championship on 25 November, according to Birmingham World.

The West Midlands news outlet, reporting on 16 November shares that both players are in contention to return to the first-team picture against the high-flying Tractor Boys at The Hawthorns after the international break.

Both players have been disappointing losses over the course of this season; the former, the club’s top scorer this season with six, limped off with a thigh problem at Birmingham City last month while summer signing Maja damaged ankle ligaments in the goalless draw at Bristol City in September.

Birmingham Mail reported on 15 November that both players will return to training during the international break but now the latest is that they could return to the matchday squad against Ipswich, although there’s also a chance Swift could yet return a few days later against Cardiff City (28 November).


West Brom have made giant progress this season despite currently sitting just outside the playoff places, especially when you consider their injury problems throughout the campaign so far.

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Maja hasn’t played since September, Swift hasn’t played since October 10th, Daryl Dike and Adam Reach haven’t played yet this season and Jeremy Sarmiento and Semi Ajayi have also had several injury issues at different times this season.

The forward positions have certainly been an area of great need for the Baggies boss who has been forced to play Jed Wallace in an unfamiliar up-front because of his lack of options in the position.

Corberan has always found a way to keep the team competitive and winning games, and now with players returning to fitness, it will only make the club stronger and hopefully now, the Spanish coach can get a familiar and consistent line-up in the coming weeks.

Swift’s return cannot be more timely given his superb creative ingenuity and class in the final third, something West Brom desperately need right now if they are to keep up with their play-off rivals. Huge boost.

In other West Brom news, Corberan expects first-team ace to leave next summer for ‘Nominal fee’.