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Mixed injury news on Albion duo

Mel provides latest on McAuley and Sessegnon

PEPE Mel has been boosted by the return to fitness of Gareth McAuley ahead of Wednesday’s derby clash with Villa (ko 7.45pm) – but has been dealt a blow with the news Stephane Sessegnon is expected to be sidelined for a further month.

Sessegnon, who has missed the last two games and has yet to train during the new head coach’s reign, will undergo minor surgery on a groin problem tomorrow.

McAuley sat out the Everton game due to a hamstring problem that forced him off ten minutes from time against Southampton 16 days ago.

And his availability now gives Mel a selection headache following Diego Lugano’s impressive display alongside Jonas Olsson at the heart of the Baggies defence in the 1-1 draw with the Toffees.