West Brom manager Tony Mowbray is optimistic midfielder Filipe Teixeira will soon be pushing for a first-team recall after returning from a six-month lay-off.
The Portuguese player featured for an hour in a reserves fixture against West Ham on Tuesday night - his first action since suffering a cruciate ligament injury against Plymouth in early March.
West Brom reserve-team coach Michael Appleton said: "The signs are there but he probably needs three or four games before he's ready for first-team action. It was a competitive game and that will probably do him the world of good."
The 27-year-old's appearance followed on from nearly a fortnight of full training.
"Filipe took a few heavy challenges but just got up and got on with things," Appleton added. "I was pleased with his performance.
"He was lacking a bit of sharpness, which is to be expected, but from time to time he showed that little burst of pace and a turn to get away from people.
"He was delighted to get 60 minutes and said he felt fine after the game."
Mowbray said: "Filipe is raring to go. He has trained for a few weeks now and has trained with full contact for the last 10-11 days. He just needs to get some fitness which generally you get through playing matches.
"If he continues to work hard at his fitness levels, and gets another game or two under his belt, he should be back in the frame very quickly."
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