Fit-again West Brom captain Brunt doesn't expect automatic return

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt doesn't expect an automatic first team return.

West Bromwich Albion captain Chris Brunt doesn't expect an automatic first team return.

Northern Ireland midfielder Brunt, 27, is due back in training after a fractured ankle against Everton on New Year's Day.

Brunt said: "I definitely don't expect to walk straight back in - no way.

"If we keep playing like we did against Wolves I'll have a job on my hands getting back in the team. It was such a good performance by everyone it would be hard to change anyone in the team.

"That's the way it should be at a football club. There should be competition for places.

"We don't have many injuries, we have good competition for places, and that means everyone has got to be on their toes."

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