November 1, 2017 / 9:27 AM / a year ago

Dawson hopeful of West Brom return by Christmas

Soccer Football - Premier League - Leicester City vs West Bromwich Albion - King Power Stadium, Leicester, Britain - October 16, 2017 West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson in action with Leicester City's Marc Albrighton REUTERS/Andrew Yates

(Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion defender Craig Dawson is confident he can recover from injury earlier than scheduled and return to action during the Premier League club’s packed Christmas schedule.

The 27-year-old suffered a thigh and knee issues during the team’s 1-0 loss to Southampton last month and club officials said Dawson would be out for at least eight weeks but the centre-back is plotting a quick return.

“The doctor has told me eight weeks but I am hoping I can maybe shave some time off that — although I realise the dangers of rushing a recovery,” Dawson told the club’s website. (

“But the Christmas programme is really busy as everyone knows, and it would be great to be back in contention at that point.”

West Brom’s 3-2 loss to league leaders Manchester City last weekend dropped them to 15th in the standings and they travel 13th-placed Huddersfield Town on Saturday.

Reporting by Aditi Prakash in Bengaluru

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