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Albion v @ManUtd: Myhill, Wisdom, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli, Gardner, Brunt, Morrison, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino. #WBAMUN #COYB

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United starting XI: De Gea, Rafael, Jones, Rojo, Shaw, Blind, Herrera, Januzaj, Mata, Di Maria, van Persie #mufclive http://t.co/7vD4CLZjXG

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Double fitness boost for West Brom

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Victor Anichebe is set to return to action. Credit: PA

West Brom have been handed a further fitness boost, with forwards Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe in line for a return to training early next week.

Nigeria internationals Ideye and Anichebe have both missed Albion's last two matches due to ankle and groin problems, respectively.

But Baggies head coach Alan Irvine has revealed they are close to resuming work with the group - news that comes 24 hours after West Brom announced their other recent absentee, winger Silvestre Varela, is set to return to training next week having had a minor groin operation.

Irvine told wba.co.uk on Thursday: "We are expecting Brown and Victor to train at the beginning of next week - certainly Brown, Victor we are not as confident about.

"He's 50-50 in terms of being able to train on Monday, but Brown we are almost certain will train then."

Mario Balotelli drops to the bench for Liverpool

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Albion v @LFC: Foster, Gamboa, Lescott, Dawson, Pocognoli, Dorrans, Morrison, Gardner, Brunt, Sessegnon, Berahino. #LIVWBA #baggies

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Albion subs v @LFC: Myhill (gk), McAuley, Mulumbu, Blanco, Yacob, Baird, Samaras. #LIVWBA #baggies

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Defender Dawson signs new West Brom deal

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Craig Dawson eyes the ball. Credit: PA

Craig Dawson has signed a new three-year deal with West Brom that will keep him at the club until 2017.

The 24-year-old centre back has started all six of Albion's league matches and claimed his first goal for the club in the 4-0 win over Burnley on Sunday.

Craig was very unsettled when I first arrived in the summer but we as a club were never interested in selling him.

We felt he had the potential to be a top centre-back and once he got his head settled and knew he wasn't going anywhere he started to put in very good performances.

His level of consistency has kept him in the team despite having our top international centre-backs breathing down his neck.

– Baggies boss Alan Irvine
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