Zoltan Gera's second coming as a West Bromwich Albion player is on hold, with manager Roy Hodgson insisting the midfielder is still weeks away from a return.
After leaving Fulham in the summer, Gera returned to The Hawthorns, where he became a fans favourite during his four-year spell between 2004-2008.
However, after having ankle surgery during the summer, Gera has failed to make an appearance for his 'new' club, and Hodgson feels a return after the upcoming international break may be more realistic for the Hungarian.
"Gera is still in rehabilitation and there's no chance of Zoltan being ready for Saturday's game at Sunderland," he said.
"He hasn't trained now for almost three weeks since he had the recurrence of the ankle injury in training.
"He was making good progress but he had a recurrence of his injury and since then it must have been a good two/two-and-a-half weeks since he trained.
"He can't go straight into a game.
"We will have to wait for the international break and I'm pretty confident that come the end of the international break he'll be raring to go."
Ahead of the showdown with The Black Cats, the boss says that Gabriel Tamas, currently suspended for an elbow on James Vaughan, is unlikely to return to the first team.
"Both Craig Dawson and (Gareth) McAuely have done very, very well.
"Both had to wait for their chance because I was a little bit fairer to the lads who played last year and gave them chances first.
"I've got to say it would be hard to leave McAuley out following his performance against Fulham when he was voted man of the match. I thought that was quite a good decision."
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