Nicolas Anelka has allayed fears of a possible retirement by returning to West Bromwich Albion training.

The veteran French striker contemplated the possibility of pulling the curtain on his career following the death of close friend and agent Eric Manasse last week but will be back with the Baggies squad on Thursday and will be available for the weekend's home meeting with Swansea City.

"Albion can confirm that Nicola Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow and be available for selection for Sunday's game against Swansea," read a statement from Albion's official website.

"The striker was excused from club duty for the fixtures against Everton and Newport on compassionate grounds and, having met with head coach Steve Clarke today, he will rejoin his team-mates tomorrow (Thursday)."

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