Victor Anichebe is back in training and has an outside chance of returning to Sunderland’s squad for the crucial Premier League trip to his old club West Brom.
The Black Cats talisman has missed the last four games after damaging his hamstring in the 4-1 mauling at Burnley on New Year’s Eve.
He has sat out the two FA Cup clashes with the Clarets, as well as the league games with Liverpool and Stoke at the Stadium of Light.
“Victor is doing some running,” said boss David Moyes. “There is a chance he could join in training this week.
“He’s not trained with the team up to this point.”
Sunderland have looked light up front in Anichebe’s absence and have scored only once in open play in 2017.