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Scott Sinclair set for Albion return

December 12, 2013
By Ian Edwards

Scott Sinclair will be hoping to help ease the pressure on West Bromwich Albion head coach Steve Clarke this weekend as he prepares to end almost two months out of action.

Scott Sinclair
PA PhotosScott Sinclair has been out injured for almost two months.

Evans: Pressure building

Sinclair's season-long loan move from Manchester City -- a deal that sees Albion pay half of his 52,000-pounds-a-week wages -- has so far proved a huge disappointment, with the winger having made just four appearances.

The Baggies have dismissed claims that his lack of game time -- a little over three hours on the pitch in total this season -- has hampered his chances of securing a long-term contract at The Hawthorns, but Sinclair is aware of the lack of impact he has made at the club.

Clarke is almost certain to make changes to his team when they face Cardiff City on Saturday in an attempt to halt their slide of three straight defeats, leaving the club just two points above the relegation zone.

Sinclair, who has been sidelined with a torn hamstring, knows his chances of breaking into the City team are slim and that he is playing for a permanent move, but says his long-term plans are not a priority at the moment.

"I haven’t thought about my future,” he said. "The only thing I’m concentrating on is playing for Albion. I have a lot of catching up to do. Hopefully now I can crack on and build from there.

“We have a good manager, who is trusted. We’re confident in the team we’ve got to keep picking up points.” 

Sinclair's last appearance came in the 3-2 victory over Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sept. 28, and he added: "It has been frustrating the way things have gone so far.

"I had got my match fitness up and I was playing a few games and thought that I was back to my normal self. I then went into the United game and pulled up after ten minutes.

"It was one of those frustrating things that happens. It was going well at the time, but you have to come back stronger. Hopefully I can be right for the weekend."

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