West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that Nicolas Anelka have decided against retirement, and will be available for selection in the subsequent games.
A statement on the club’s official website read: “Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka will resume first-team training tomorrow and be available for selection for Sunday’s game against Swansea.
“The striker was excused from club duty for the fixtures against Everton and Newport on compassionate grounds and, having met with head coach Steve Clarke today, he will rejoin his team-mates tomorrow.”
Anelka was excused from club duty, after he was devastated due to the demise of his agent last week, and manager Steve Clarke had said that the Frenchman may retire without playing any more football.
Clarke is believed to be particularly worried, as his other striker Matej Vydra suffered an injury in the Baggies' 3-0 victory over Newport County, and wanted to resolve the Anelka situation as soon as possible.
Anelka signed a one-year deal with the Baggies last month, after a move from Shanghai Shenhua. But the former Arsenal, Liverpool, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Chelsea striker left training last week after learning about the death of Eric Manasse.
Clarke said that Anelka had told several of his teammates of his decision to discontinue playing, but Clarke had requested Anelka ponder over his decision.
On joining the club after a disappointing season with Juventus, the 34-year-old had expressed his desire to finish his career in England.
It is apparent now that he has made a surprise u-turn and has decided to continue his footballing career.
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