West Brom midfielder Reid hoping to return for clash with Chelsea

The defender was happy to come through 69 minutes of the Under-21's win over the Canaries after recovering from a hamstring injury and wants to stake a claim for the first team
West Brom defender Steven Reid has expressed his delight at coming through his first match after injury and is now hoping to play in the club's clash against Chelsea.

The defender made his comeback for the Baggies in the Under-21's 4-0 victory over Norwich and said he was happy to get back on the pitch after recovering from his hamstring injury.

Reid made it through 69 minutes before being substituted, and feels he is ready to help the club continue their good form in the Premier League, admitting he wants to play in their weekend match against Roberto Di Matteo's side at the Hawthorns.

"There's no problem with the hamstring and I feel better for playing," Reid told the club's official website.

"It's important that everything is bang on and I'm pleased I'm now where I need to be in terms of my hamstring.

"I had a good couple of weeks work before yesterday and this is like the last stage of rehab.

"I'm ready to get back involved now and hopefully, with the gaffer watching on, I did enough to get myself back into the squad.

"It feels good now and I'm pleased I got some playing time under my belt."

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The 31-year-old was happy to feature for longer than he expected, and even joked that he was ready to kick up a fuss when he was substituted.

"I didn't want to come off and I was thinking of tearing my shirt off and storming into the building!" Reid joked.

"Being serious, my first aim was to get half of the game under my belt, then it was to get to an hour, so to play 69 minutes is a good bit of work in the bank, to hopefully be involved on Saturday."