West Bromwich Albion midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu is confident he will be fit enough to return to action against Liverpool on Monday night after a successful training session today (Thursday).
The Baggies midfielder missed Sunday's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur due to a knee injury that has been plaguing him for the last month since his departure for the African Cup of Nations.
But the 26-year-old believes a week of rest since his return has helped him both physically and mentally ahead of the trip to Anfield.
“I missed the QPR FA Cup game before the African Cup of Nations with what I thought was a small injury,” said Mulumbu.
“But the intensity of the games in the African Cup of Nations meant I needed a rest when I came back. It was hard mentally and physically but I’ve had a good rest over the last week and I feel refreshed."
Mulumbu returned to The Hawthorns after DR Congo were knocked out of the AFCON tournament in South Africa, drawing all three group games and finishing behind Mali and Ghana.
After starting each match, Mulumbu said: “Mentally it was hard not to get through the group and it was quite painful physically playing through the injury.
“I have been training this week but today was my first day back training with all the team. I think I will be fit for Monday’s game, my knee is getting better, and I felt really good today – I even scored some goals!”
The Baggies find themselves ninth in the Premier league table after the home defeat to Spurs, but can leapfrog their Merseyside opponents (7th) with victory on Monday evening as they look to cement their place in the top half of the table.