Date: 13th October 2015 at 10:01am
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Head coach Tony Pulis has said he hopes everybody returns from international duty and fit and healthy to go for the return of real football.

With a number of injury issues ahead of the call ups, more knocks and niggles that disrupt the side as we look to get our season going properly wouldn’t be welcomed, but Jonny Evans and James Morrison are set for late fitness checks ahead of Sunderland this weekend given their issues.

Speaking to wba.co.uk as we start to anticipate the return of players, Pulis explained.

‘We’re hoping everyone returns back ok. Evans and Morrison are still being assessed at this stage. We will see how they are but both are doubts.’

Most players won’t be back until Thursday/Friday really so it is fingers crossed on them.

‘Salomon, Sess and Cristian for instance don’t come back until late Thursday or early Friday. It’s ridiculous really but there’s nothing we can do about it.’

Even if fit with the travelling, rest periods and then game preparation, well as Pulis says, it’s ‘ridiculous’ that there’s that little gap for them when it comes to coming back to their actual employers but whilst international football remains the money spinner for some that it does, it isn’t going to change.

With Northern Ireland and Wales qualifying though some should come back in good spirits, and any with disappointment from this break, Pulis hopes they come back looking to prove a point.

‘We will see Saturday how much of a boost it is for the lads who have qualified. To see Wales and Northern Ireland qualify is wonderful. It’s pleasing to see them both qualify when you think of the nations who usually qualify – it’s good to see other nations get their success. To have so many home nations at the Euros next summer will be good for everyone. I hope we will see a reaction from those players – if we do, brilliant.’

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