Nicolas Anelka to return for West Bromwich Albion

Nicolas Anelka of West Bromwich Albion in action during the pre season friendly match between Puskas FC Academy and West Bromwich Albion at the Varosi Stadium on July 22, 2013
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West Bromwich Albion confirm that Nicolas Anelka will return to training following the death of his close friend and agent Eric Manasse.

West Bromwich Albion have announced that Nicolas Anelka will return to training ahead of Sunday's Premier League clash with Swansea City.

The 34-year-old was granted compassionate leave following the death of close friend and agent Eric Manasse.

It was reported that the Frenchman was considering his future in the game, but the Baggies have confirmed that he has agreed to return after a meeting with manager Steve Clarke.

"Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training and be available for selection for Sunday's game against Swansea," read a statement from the club.

"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, he will rejoin his team-mates."

Anelka joined West Brom on a free transfer last month.

Steve Clarke of West Bromwich Albion looks on during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Southampton at The Hawthorns on August 17, 2013
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