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Baggies wary of Dan return

Head coach Alan Irvine has warned West Brom they must be prepared to face Daniel Sturridge - despite the striker being left out of the England squad.

Sturridge has not played for the Reds since August after suffering a groin problem and was left at home for their 1-0 Champions League defeat at Basel on Wednesday. But Irvine feels the 25-year-old will be fit enough to play a part as the Baggies look to add to the frustration around Anfield.

He said: "I think he will be close. Obviously he wasn't able to go and play for Liverpool, in a very important game in the Champions League, but I think he'll be close.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he turned up on the team-sheet, either starting or as a substitute."