West Brom manager Slaven Bilic has confirmed that he expects left-back Kieran Gibbs to take up to five weeks to recover from his latest injury setback.
Gibbs, 30, has had continual issues with his hamstring this season and has only managed to make nine appearances in the Championship for the Baggies.
He has played just four times since August and is now enduring his second setback since his original return in November.
He was forced off late on in the 1-1 draw at Barnsley on Boxing Day but is now not expected to return to action until February.
“Yeah, he’s going to be out for, I don’t know, four or five weeks. It’s quite a long time. It’s his hamstring, the one he did against Swansea,” said Bilic after the win against Charlton, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail.
Losing Gibbs is a huge blow for West Brom, especially when there are question marks surrounding the future of Nathan Ferguson.
The teenager’s contract expires at the end of the season and it remains to be seen whether the Baggies will cash in on him this month or run the risk of losing him for a minimal compensation fee in the summer.
It could be that Albion opt for the latter with Gibbs having hamstring injury after hamstring injury and that might see the club miss out on millions.
Maybe a replacement needs to be signed in the January window.
In other West Brom news, Chris Brunt may have hinted at a possible exit after the 1-0 win at Charlton.