Irvine told wba.co.uk on Thursday: “We are expecting Brown and Victor to train at the beginning of next week – certainly Brown, Victor we are not as confident about. “He’s 50-50 in terms of being able to train on Monday, but Brown we are almost certain will train then.” West Brom have been handed a further fitness boost, with forwards Brown Ideye and Victor Anichebe in line for a return to training early next week. Press Association Nigeria internationals Ideye and Anichebe have both missed Albion’s last two matches due to ankle and groin problems, respectively. But Baggies head coach Alan Irvine has revealed they are close to resuming work with the group – news that comes 24 hours after West Brom announced their other recent absentee, winger Silvestre Varela, is set to return to training next week having had a minor groin operation.
Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield The Angels acquired left-hander Miguel Del Pozo from the Texas Rangers for cash considerations. Del Pozo, 26, has never appeared in the majors. He has a career 4.29 ERA, but with 10.4 strikeouts per nine innings over 329 innings. He was sent to Salt Lake. “He’s a left-handed reliever with a really good breaking ball,” Eppler said. “We’ll see if he’s a candidate to come up at some point.”UP NEXTAngels (LHP Andrew Heaney, 1-3, 5.09) at Red Sox (RHP Rick Porcello, 10-8, 5.54), 1:05 p.m., Fox Sports West Certainly, some of those players have performed better than others, but as a group they’ve given Eppler hope that the team is developing the kind of young core necessary to have a sustained winner.“I think they’ve been doing great,” he said. ”They’re handling the responsibility and I feel good about how they’ve developed and how they are competing and learning and growing. Quite frankly, they feel like guys we’ll be able to trust, right now, but also as we move later in the season and future seasons.”That could make a difference this winter.Eppler has always insisted that decisions on acquiring premium players partly hinge on the state of the franchise. The team has to have a strong enough core for the new players to make a difference.Although Eppler wouldn’t commit to any types of acquisitions this winter, he conceded that the franchise “is in a different place than what it was last winter.” Eppler added that the Angels did go after some “premium guys” last year, too, even though they ended up missing out on them.CANNING CLOSECanning is scheduled to throw a bullpen session tomorrow, and then he could rejoin the Angels rotation a few days after that. Canning is on the injured list because of elbow inflammation.“I feel really good,” Canning said. “No issues. I don’t think any of us were really expecting to be (serious). It really was just little inflammation.”ALSOKeynan Middleton is set to resume his rehab assignment at Class-A Inland Empire on Saturday. Middleton, who is rehabbing from Tommy John surgery, had a setback last month after pitching in four minor league games. Eppler said Middleton would need three to five games in the minors before he could be activated…Noé Ramírez will also pitch for Inland Empire on Saturday, the first of his two scheduled rehab outings. Ramírez has been out with a viral infection. Once he is ready to be activated, he will have to serve his three-game suspension for hitting Jake Marisnick of the Houston Astros. The Angels will have to go with 24 players for those games…Andrew Heaney, who will come off the injured list to start on Saturday, will be able to go up to about 80 pitches, Manager Brad Ausmus said…Left-hander Adalberto Mejia rejoined the Angels after being claimed on waivers. The Angels optioned two-way player Jared Walsh to create a spot on the 25-man roster…Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros BOSTON — Out of the rubble of an Angels season that has gone the wrong direction lately, Billy Eppler sees at least one positive takeaway.“I’ve been very encouraged by the young guys that have come up here,” Eppler said from Fenway Park on Friday. “Very encouraged. I’m very pleased with how they’ve handled the things they’ve been asked to do, some of them quite frankly before they were ready to.”The Angels will have to take those type of moral victories where they can get them, now that they’ve slipped out of the pennant race by losing 11 of 13 games.Lately, because of injuries and ineffectiveness of some of their veterans, the Angels have relied heavily on rookies like Luís Rengifo, Matt Thaiss, Griffin Canning, José Suarez and Patrick Sandoval, along with second-year players like David Fletcher and Jaime Barría.
Here’s the top transfer-related stories in Tuesday’s newspapers…Paris Saint-Germain are ready to offer Manchester United their money back on Angel Di Maria. The French giants have stepped up their pursuit and made it clear they will pay United the £59.7m it cost them to sign the Argentine winger from Real Madrid last summer. (Daily Mirror)Atletico Madrid may be willing to sell 30-year-old central defender Miranda for less than his £21.9m release clause if Manchester United make a move. (AS)Real Madrid are ready to forget about signing Manchester United’s David De Gea, with the Spanish giants instead hunting cheaper options as they look for a long-term successor to Iker Casillas. Bayer Leverkusen’s Bernd Leno, 23, is on their radar. (Marca)Manchester United and Chelsea have been told to forget about signing Gareth Bale by Real Madrid president Florentino Perez. (Marca)Liverpool will not cash in on Raheem Sterling this summer even if he refuses to sign a new contract. The England midfielder has told the club he will not discuss a new contract until May after rejecting an offer close to £100,000-a-week. That has led to some of Europe’s top sides sniffing around, including Real Madrid and Bayern Munich as well as the Reds’ Premier League rivals Arsenal and Manchester City. (Daily Star)West Ham are poised to make a summer move for Senegal striker Moussa Konate. The 21-year-old has netted 11 times in 17 appearances for his club, Swiss side FC Sion, and has also attracted interest from Newcastle and Aston Villa. (Daily Mirror)Manchester City are pressing ahead in their interest for Wolfsburg’s Kevin de Bruyne. The former Chelsea man is rated at around £40million. (Daily Mail)Aleksandar Kolarov has cast doubt over his future at Manchester City after he revealed a desire to return to Italy. (Daily Express)Aston Villa defender defender Jores Okore is being chased by Italian giants Inter Milan. (The Sun)And here’s the latest talkSPORT.com headlines…‘We shall never listen to offers for Bale’ – Real Madrid chiefManchester United in pole position to sign ex-Chelsea playmakerKhedira latest: Schalke chief admits his club faces real fight to sign Arsenal targetTottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor set for shock switch?Manchester United reject Hernandez casts doubt over his future at Real MadridBarcelona ready to cash in on Arsenal target PedroLiverpool and Newcastle to miss out on French striker Andre-Pierre GignacManchester United target Mats Hummels admits he could quit GermanyLiverpool blow as Inter goalkeeper Samir Handanovic enters talks over new dealWest Ham warned they face competition to sign Parma striker Ishak Belfodi