Diangana should have been available for the break-in after suffering a setback from his injury in January when he hobbled after just four minutes against Stoke.
Indeed, Slaven Bilic hoped to add his rookie from West Ham in the mix with MM. Pereira, Robinson and Krovinovic as Albion tries to get out of the promotion line.
The coronavirus pandemic, of course, means that all football is on hold for the foreseeable future, but it has given Diangana more time to be in good shape and eager to get there once the clubs get fired green to resume training and conclude the campaign.
Wingman Diangana was a revelation to the Hawthorns this quarter, delighting dizzying supporters and defenders; throughout this period without football – which for him was longer than most – he was active on social networks and shared a clip of him with a ball at his feet.
Close control and ball skills are something, but the fact that Diangana is back with his problems behind him is just as enjoyable for Baggies supporters who desperately need his return.
He had indeed joined training before the season’s suspension, but like all other professional footballers, he has been frustrated in his efforts to get onto the field in recent weeks.
You can watch the video at the top of the page, and you can follow Diangana via his Instagram account here.