Silvestre Varela returns to West Bromwich Albion training

Alan Irvine confirms that Silvestre Varela is back in training with West Bromwich Albion after recovering from a groin injury.

West Bromwich Albion manager Alan Irvine has confirmed that Silvestre Varela is back in training following a spell on the sidelines with a groin injury.

Varela, who moved to the Baggies on a season-long loan from Porto in the summer, has only managed to make one appearance for the club so far, but Irvine is hopeful that the Portuguese winger could be available for selection by the end of November.

"Today was his first full session since coming back from injury so I'm really pleased about that," the West Brom boss told reporters on Thursday. "He's obviously a long way away from being ready to play in the Premier League. He will need time. He is one who, during the international break, we will try to top up.

"I wouldn't have thought there is any chance [of him playing] before then.

"Porto have been happy for him to stay here - they've been involved with the decisions we've made - and he's a lovely lad, he's good to have around the place and, without knowing him too well, he is desperate to get out there and start playing."

West Brom take on Leicester City on Saturday.

Saido Berahino of West Brom celebrates scoring his second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland at The Hawthorns on August 16, 2014
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