Ahmed Hegazi back to boost Baggies

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West Brom interim boss James Shan will have Ahmed Hegazi available for the clash with Preston after he served a one-match ban against Millwall.

West Brom interim boss James Shan will have Ahmed Hegazi available for the clash with Preston after he served a one-match ban against Millwall.

Winger Matt Phillips returned to training this week following an ankle problem and he should also come into the reckoning.

Kieran Gibbs could start after impressing after coming on against Bristol City, but Gareth Barry (knee/sickness) and James Morrison (hamstring) are likely to sit out.

The Baggies slumped to their second straight defeat against the Robins on Tuesday night and dented their hopes of catching second-placed Leeds.

Injury-blighted Preston are hoping Paul Gallagher will be fit enough to return to the starting line-up following a niggling calf injury.

Ben Pearson is suspended after he was sent off for the third time this season against Leeds in midweek.

Ryan Ledson is likely to start in his place.

Brad Potts, Andrew Hughes, Tom Clarke, Tom Barkhuizen, Billy Bodin and Josh Harrop all remain sidelined.

The Lilywhites are without a win in three matches and sit eight points off the play-off positions.

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