Albion man keen to impress
CALLUM McManaman is plotting a rousing end to the Premier League season - admitting that a heel injury had held him back.
The Albion winger has been a sporadic performer since his January move from Wigan Athletic.
McManaman's biggest complaint has been a foot problem which flared up during a training session - not to mention two bouts of illness.
But the 23-year-old is finally recovering and hopes to play a major role between now and the end of the season.
Particularly crucial, he claims, will be the forthcoming international break at the end of this month.
"I know Albion fans haven't seen the best of me - I've shown glimpses but I've not got going yet," he said.
"My heel was badly bruised underneath so when I put weight on it and ran the hard ground and studs make it worse. I did it in training after I joined, just before the Sunderland game, but it’s something I’ve played through in the last month.
"I've also had the flu twice, which has been a nightmare too because I never get ill generally. Maybe the stress of moving for the first time didn't help me but now I'm settled - I have a flat in Birmingham – and I think that will help me.
"The international break will be important. They're setting up a plan for me to help me get back up to the very highest standards of fitness I know I'm capable of. At the moment I'm not fully where I want to be because of the niggle I've had but I'm getting closer all the time and I'm getting fitter. That international break will be the ideal time for me."
Albion take on Stoke at The Hawthorns this Saturday, before travelling to Manchester City next weekend.
The Throstles then host Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City in back-to-back home games after the international break.
He added: "We have to recover from last week and if we beat Stoke on Saturday then we're in pole position - we will know then we can keep the gap between ourselves and the bottom sides.
"We need to think of it in that way, to make sure we are never in a position where we can dragged into trouble."