London -West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka is due to
resume training on Thursday following compassionate leave, the Premier
League club announced Wednesday.
The 34-year-old former France international has been
absent from the Midlands side following the death of his friend and
agent Eric Manasse, with some reports suggesting Anelka was on the verge
of quitting the game completely.
However, an Albion statement said: "Albion can confirm
that Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow and be
available for selection for Sunday's game against Swansea.
"The striker was excused from club duty for the
fixtures against Everton and Newport on compassionate grounds and,
having met with head coach Steve Clarke today, he will rejoin his
team-mates tomorrow (Thursday)."
Clarke made it clear after Tuesday's 3-0 win over
Newport in the League Cup he was eager to find out what Anelka's plans
were given it was not long before the transfer window closed.
"The situation has not really changed," Clarke said.
"But I'm conscious time is short in the remaining part
of the transfer window so it's something I'll try to address tomorrow.
We have to try to arrange a meeting as quickly as we can to try to get
"I have to sit down and speak to Nicolas. That's the
first thing. We have to get in touch with him or he has to get in touch
with us and we have to see where he is, where he's at, how he feels, as
quickly as possible. We have to have that chat.
"The furthest away he can be is London, because that's
where he lives. I don't think he has a house in France. He's not there,
as far as I know."
Anelka's much-travelled career has taken him to six countries and six Premier League clubs too.
He joined West Brom on a one-year deal in July but his
only appearance for the Baggies to date came in a 1-0 defeat by
Southampton in the opening game of the season.