Joel Veltman returns to the Albion squad today with a glowing reference from his stand-in head coach.

The Dutch defender has not played since before Christmas due to injury.

Andrea Maldera said: “He’s a big professional player, a big person, and we miss him. But he has been working very well with us and for sure he is in the squad.

“We are very happy, because he can play in different positions. Right-back is his best position, but he can centre-back if we need him there.

“He has experience and his approach to the match is always high. We are very happy that he is with us from tomorrow.

“Also, for the young players, he is an example, but we are lucky, because in this squad a lot of players are examples for us and also for young players - Lewis Dunk, Adam Webster. They love to fight and they feel a big responsibility.”