Baggies hope Gera will be back for start of next season
WEST Brom head coach Steve Clarke is optimistic midfielder Zoltan Gera will be back for the start of pre-season training after undergoing surgery on his knee.
Gera suffered ligament damage during the FA Cup clash with QPR at Loftus Road earlier this month.
The Hungarian international sustained a similar setback last season, which caused him to miss the second half of the campaign.
Clarke said: "Zoltan has had his operation, it went very well and his rehab starts this week.
"We would expect him to be up and running in time for pre-season training."
Clarke also expects midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu to return from African Nations Cup duty with DR Congo in time to be included in the squad for Sunday's home clash with Tottenham.
Mulumbu is due to fly back in the next couple of days after his country failed to reach the knockout stages of the competition.
Clarke said: "We expect him back on Friday and he will be in contention for Sunday.
"He's just played the three times for his country so there are no problems there."
Who is your sportstar of the year?
Vote in the Irish Independent Sport Star Awards and you could win the ultimate sports prize.
Prizes include, tickets to Ireland's against Scotland in the Six Nations, All Ireland football and hurling final tickets and much more.