Last Updated: Thu, 21 Feb 2013 10:18
Steve Clarke has vowed to play Peter Odemwingie for West Brom again this season and hinted that he could feature against Sunderland.
The Baggies boss has lifted the lid on the future of the Nigeria international striker, who has not played for the first team since he made a failed attempt to join Premier League rivals QPR on transfer deadline day last month.
However, having been punished by the club, Odemwingie has returned to training with the Albion squad and is now looking to force his way back into Clarke's plans.
And, with a clash against Sunderland coming up this weekend, the player will be no doubt be keen to feature given that he scored the winning goal against the same opponents on his Albion debut and has added three more to make it four in five Premier League matches against them.
On Odemwingie's chances of featuring, Clarke told the club's website: "Every player will be under consideration for selection in the final 18 and that will depend on how training goes, how I see the game and how I feel the best way to approach the game is.
"Peter is available for selection.
"We've had a couple of little chats but nothing in-depth and he knows the situation.
"He knows he needs to work hard and he has to be ready for his opportunity when it comes and, for sure, it will come because we only carry a small squad.
"He has to be ready to go."
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