Kazenga LuaLua is sweating on a recall to the first team squad in front of the TV cameras against Leeds United after an outing for the development team.
The winger played for three-quarters of yesterday’s 0-0 draw against Charlton at The Valley.
LuaLua travelled to Blackpool but did not make the bench for Saturday’s 1-1 stalemate at Bloomfield Road.
The former Newcastle flyer could return to contention on Friday night for the Sky televised visit by Leeds to The Amex, where he has made the majority of his appearances.
Inigo Calderon and Matt Sparrow also featured as over-aged players for the development team in front of manager Gus Poyet.
LuaLua, Calderon and Toby Agdestein were all denied by keeper David Button in the first half. Charlton, managed by former Albion favourite Nathan Jones, almost snatched victory in the closing stages when Callum Harriott’s 20-yard curler struck a post.
Albion: East, Sampayo, McGiveron, Calderon, Dunk, Sparrow, March, Gateway, LuaLua (Goodwin, 64), Barker, Agdestein (Rodgers, 64). Unused subs: Smith, Richards, Jones, Akubuine.