Tariq Lamptey will come back as good as ever from his injury nightmare.

But Graham Potter says he will continue to be careful with the wing-back’s minutes after his recovery from a long-term hamstring issue.

Lamptey is set to feature against Swansea City in the Carabao Cup third round tonight (7.30pm).

He was given a warm welcome back by fans at Sunday’s match against Leicester, when he was an unused sub.

Lamptey took the Premier League by storm with his explosive pace and Potter has no fears over his continued progress The Albion head coach said: “I’ve seen the work he has done.

“I’ve seen the way the medical department have worked with him. I’ve seen the character of Tariq.

“Watching him in training, he’s the same player. I see exactly the same.

“It’s just that he’s going to take some time, like anybody would.


“When you have that amount of time off, it’s normal. We have to understand that.

“That’s why it’s important he plays the right amount of time in the game.

“There’s no point in him playing 100% of the game at 50% of his capacity.

“He’s better off playing less of a percentage of the game but at 100% of his capacity because then you’ll get the real Tariq Lamptey.”

Twenty months after he signed from Chelsea, Albion fans have yet to see Lamptey in league or cup action for the club.

The chance to put that right will be a main attraction for fans heading to the Amex this evening.

Potter said: “I know our supporters are so excited to see him and the reception (when he warmed up on Sunday) was fantastic.

“It was like we scored a goal when he came out.

“But, at the same time, they know he’s a young guy, a young player, we have to manage his comeback well and his minutes.”

Lamptey’s return has been put back at times but Potter is convinced he can benefit from the tests he has come through.

He added: “On the one level, it has been terrible for him, you wouldn’t wish it on anybody.

“On the other hand, he’s had the opportunity to grow as a person and develop for the experience.

“Knowing Tariq, I think he’ll see it as that, but still it’s been a really frustrating time for him.

“He started off not too bad, had a few setbacks and all of a sudden it was a longer injury than everybody wanted.

“We have to get him on the pitch enjoying his football. That’s the most important thing for us. If we do that, then we have a really exciting player.”