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Elder, Eaves, Sayyadmanesh and Forss set to return against West Brom

3 March 2022

Head coach Shota Arveladze has revealed that Callum Elder, Tom Eaves, Allahyar Sayyadmanesh and Marcus Forss are all in contention to return to the squad for this weekend’s game against West Bromwich Albion.

The Tigers will be looking to secure back-to-back wins against the Baggies, and Arveladze is delighted to welcome back four important first-team players.

“Allahyar is fit, Tom is fit, Elder is fit and Marcus is fit,” revealed Arveladze.

“Thank you to the boys who have worked hard to come back, as well as the medical staff who work hard every day on different programmes and treatments. I have to give them a lot of credit.”

After he was withdrawn at half-time against Peterborough United, there were concerns over the fitness of midfielder George Honeyman heading into Saturday, but Arveladze confirmed he is available for selection.

“He’s doing well,” added Arveladze.

“He’s fully fit and trained today (Thursday) with the group. I think everybody knows how important he is in the dressing room. He does a very special job and we all recognise this. He’s a very important player for us.”

Having not featured since Arveladze’s first game in charge against Swansea City, goalkeeper Nathan Baxter remains unavailable for selection, with the Chelsea loanee working on his match fitness before making a return.

“He’s still not fit for the game,” said Arveladze.

“He’s been training with us but is not game fit (yet). We were hoping he was only going to be out for a couple of days but he’s missed the last seven games. Unfortunately, that’s the way it is sometimes.”

One player who did make a long-awaited return from injury against Peterborough was forward Mallik Wilks, and Arveladze was pleased to see him back in action.

“Mallik has also been out for six or seven weeks,” explained Arveladze.

“He’s an explosive player - a sprinter with heavy muscles. He should be really ready for the game (against West Brom).

“We gave him minutes (against Peterborough) so he could (help us) hold the ball by running deep, but of course it was not long and he still has to get more minutes to get fit. We’re still working on this.”

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