West Bromwich Albion have been handed a boost regarding the fitness of Rayhaan Tulloch.
In recent comments cited by Birmingham Live, Valerien Ismael confirmed that the centre-forward has recovered well from a groin injury sustained in the warm-up prior to Albion’s Carabao Cup defeat against Arsenal back in August.
The Frenchman went on to suggest that, while the Baggies’ fixture against Preston North End this weekend will be slightly too soon for the 20-year-old, he could be back in time for the visit of Queens Park Rangers next week.
Speaking about the current condition of Tulloch, Ismael said: “Rayhaan… it’s his groin, so he’ll miss another [seven] days, maybe more.”
Considering the fact that West Brom have struggled to break their opponents down in their two most recent fixtures, labouring to a 1-1 draw against Millwall last week and struggling in a 0-0 stalemate with Derby County on Tuesday, Tulloch’s impending return to first-team action is sure to have left Ismael buzzing.
Indeed, while the forward is by no means a guaranteed starter in the Baggies side, having made just one appearance so far this season, the option of introducing the 20-year-old from the bench will undoubtedly provide Ismael with a boost in the event his side once again find themselves struggling to find the back of the net in a fixture.
And, considering his record for West Brom’s youth sides, it would certainly appear as if the former England U18 international is a player who boasts an eye for goal, scoring 23 times and providing seven assists over 38 appearances for the U18s and bagging 16 goals and eight assists over 53 fixtures for the U23s.
As such, upon his return to full fitness, it would not surprise us to see Tulloch featuring a great deal more for Ismael this season.