West Brom are waiting for the Premier League and the UK government to decide whether Callum Robinson can play against Burnley on Monday, The Athletic reports.
Robinson, 25, has reportedly returned to the Midlands after being in close contact with someone who tested positive for COVID-19 while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Sheffield United’s John Egan, Bristol City’s Callum O’Dowda and Preston’s Alan Browne are also in the same boat.
As Robinson has been in contact with someone who has the virus, he has been forced into a 14-day self-isolation period. However, The Athletic reports that West Brom will argue that “the 14-day period is designed for members of the public who come into contact with people with COVID-19 but remain asymptomatic and are therefore not offered tests”.
Robinson will also be tested twice at home for coronavirus before the Burnley match. If his tests both come back as negative then we don’t see any reason why he cannot play against the Clarets on Monday evening.
However, as it stands, Robinson is at home and not training with the Baggies so there have to be doubts about whether he will be up in speed in time to play next week.
That puts Slaven Bilic in an incredibly difficult position as Hal Robson-Kanu underwent surgery on a broken arm last week and will definitely miss the clash at The Hawthorns versus Sean Dyche’s side.
Charlie Austin and Kenneth Zohore are the two remaining out-and-out strikers in Bilic’s squad but both have been linked with a move away from the Black Country before the domestic transfer window closes at 5pm on Friday.
Unless a new striker is brought in, the Baggies could be strikerless against Burnley.
In other West Brom news, Guochuan Lai would be happy to discuss selling the Baggies.