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Enigma Anelka Back For Baggies

The footballing enigma that is Nicolas Anelka is set to return to training with West Brom.

Last week there were frenzied reports that Anelka- who has only been a Baggie since the beginning of the season- had quit football in a huff.

As it turned out, his close friend and agent, Eric Manasse, had tragically passed away, leaving Anelka distraught and contemplating his football future.

West Brom allowed the well-travelled French striker to go on compassionate leave, while manager Steve Clarke sweated on whether or not his new signing would come back.

"I have to sit down and speak to Nicolas,” Clarke admitted earlier this week.

“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.”

But now, to the relief of the Baggies faithful and Clarke, the club has announced that the mourning striker is due back in training.

"Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow and be available for selection for Sunday's game against Swansea," West Brom said in a statement.

"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."  

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