Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton hopeful of Thorne return

George Thorne
Thorne made his West Brom debut at the age of 16

Portsmouth boss Michael Appleton has said he is "not ruling out" West Brom midfielder George Thorne making a loan return to the club.

Thorne, 18, impressed during a four-game spell at Fratton Park before being recalled by the Baggies on Tuesday.

Appleton, who coached the teenager at the Hawthorns, told BBC Radio Solent: "George is a quality player and I'm not ruling out seeing him back here.

"I hope that we can bring him back but we'll have to see."