West Brom set to welcome Kim back to action

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West Bromwich Albion midfielder Kim Do-Heon is poised to make his comeback from medial ligament damage this weekend after missing just four matches.

The South Korea international is expected to be in contention to play a part in Saturday's Premier League encounter with Blackburn Rovers at the Hawthorns.

Kim was stretchered off during the early stages of the 1-0 win at Middlesbrough on 27 September and there were initial fears he would be sidelined for six to eight weeks.

But he has made a rapid recovery and will be available to face Paul Ince's side after returning to full training, having only missed the clashes with Fulham, Manchester United, Hull and Newcastle.

His presence will provide a lift for Albion as they look to end a run of three successive defeats following last night's 2-1 setback at St James' Park.

The West Brom manager, Tony Mowbray, said: "Kim is just about ready. He is now in full training and way ahead of schedule. I'm hopeful he will be ready for the weekend against Blackburn – and pushing for a place.

"This has been the first time Kim has been injured since joining us. Some players are good healers and recover very quickly while the problems of others can drag on. Let's hope this is a good sign for Kim and that he will recover quickly from any knocks he does get."

Kim had started four out of the opening six league games this season before suffering the injury setback.

Crystal Palace have extended the loan deal of the West Brom striker Craig Beattie by a further two months. The Scotland international has made a big impact during his initial month at Selhurst Park, grabbing two goals and helping Palace climb the table.

Palace manager Neil Warnock has secured his services until 28 December. "It's a great relief to sign Craig for a further couple of months and I must thank Tony Mowbray for agreeing to let us have him," said Warnock. "Craig has been a very good addition for us. I think he will get even better with the more games he plays and we are pleased that he can carry on his progression here at Crystal Palace."

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