Pardew hopeful on injured duo

05 December 2017 07:24:17 EST

West Brom duo Chris Brunt and Matt Phillips are close to returning from their respective injuries, according to Baggies boss Alan Pardew.

Both players could feature in Saturday's Premier League match at Swansea City, 4/11 to be relegated this season.

Phillips has been sidelined recently by a hamstring injury while Brunt sustained a calf strain in mid-November.

"Hopefully we are going to see Phillips back and hopefully see Brunty back as well," said Pardew, who succeeded Tony Pulis as Albion manager last month.

"It would be nice for Brunty to be back, in terms of being just around the team, because his delivery from set-plays is one of the main reasons Albion had a great record at scoring from those.

"I've got to say we were disappointing from set-plays against Palace and that's something we can improve immediately."

Meanwhile, Craig Dawson is still recovering from a knee problem and veteran midfielder Gareth Barry is undergoing treatment for a hamstring injury.

West Brom drew 0-0 with Crystal Palace on Saturday in Pardew's first game in charge at The Hawthorns and they are three points and one place above the relegation zone.

Albion are 11/8 to be relegated this term and 2/1 to beat the Swans at the Liberty Stadium this weekend.

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