Odemwingie in contention for starting place against Sunderland

The ostracised Nigerian international could be recalled for the Premier League game against Sunderland on Saturday

Nigerian international, Peter Odemwingie is in line for a sensational return to the West Brom side that will play Sunderland on Saturday in a dramatic twist from the unsavoury drama when he tried to quit the club in January.

This was made known by West Brom’s manager, Steve Clarke who said that the Nigerian has been impressive in training sessions leading to Saturday’s game against Sunderland.  

“Peter [Odemwingie] has been good, there have been no problems,” Clarke told the Daily Mail.

“They are not a group of players who would tolerate people not working properly in training. I'm not a coach who would tolerate that either.

“We demand high standards and Peter's application and attitude has been as good as it was before January.

“Peter is in contention for a place in the squad. He was available for Liverpool 11 days ago and I could have used him off the bench had I wanted. He was fit enough for that.

“His fitness now is much better. If I decided to start him against Sunderland, he could start,” the Baggies’ manager added.

Odemwingie tried to join Queen Park Rangers in the January transfer window and went as far as driving to Rangers’ training ground where he discovered that a transfer had not been agreed between both clubs. He then took out his frustration about the aborted move on the social networking site, Twitter, with some nasty comments at the club and fans.

He was then fined two weeks wages and had to apologise to the club before he was reinstated.

The Nigerian striker has scored five goals in 18 league matches and scored 10 league goals last season to end up as the team’s top goal scorer.