SHANE LONG is targeting a return against Everton next week and should be fit to face Poland on February 6 following an injury scare which could have caused him some serious problems.
The West Brom striker pulled up in training with what he thought was a dead leg and but for prompt action by club medics, he could have faced a lengthy lay-off.
"I had a dead leg and it turned out to be a haematoma which can lead to hospitalisation," said Long.
"When the doc saw the lump in my thigh, he was concerned and took another look when I came out of the shower.
"Fortunately, we got on top of it when we did as it's the sort of thing that can last for a week or it can last for six weeks.
"As a result of the injury, I missed the two games that I've probably been looking forward to more than any others," added Long, who had to sit out fixtures against his former club Reading and derby rivals Aston Villa.
"I got back into training on Wednesday and it felt good.
"It was a little stiff at first because I haven't trained for a few days.
"But I'm breaking myself in slowly and I'm targeting Everton next week" he concluded, with what should be good news for Giovanni Trapattoni.