Slaven Bilic confirms West Brom duo test positive for COVID-19, self-isolation started
Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Brom duo Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs have tested positive for COVID-19 this week.
The pair were notable absentees from the team-sheet against Manchester United, and have begun their periods of self-isolation.
There were reports through the week that the Baggies had been hit with a string of positive tests from the virus, but that doesn’t appear to be as bad as once thought.
Bilic made four changes to his side for the game at Old Trafford.
Branislav Ivanovic, Matheus Pereira, Romaine Sawyers and Grady Diangana have all returned to the starting XI for the clash.
It looks as though the Albion will return back to the 5-4-1 formation, one in which they put in their worst performance of the season against Fulham only weeks ago.
One major positive is the return to the bench of Hal Robson-Kanu though, with the Welsh international having recovered from his broken arm.
Bilic shared that he had only just returned to limited-contact training in the past week, so he will likely be left on the bench tonight.
Livermore will be a massive miss for Baggies.
The skipper has been present in every single game so far this season and has led by example in the heart of midfield.
Gibbs, on the other hand, has yet to return since his red card at Everton and has been forced onto the bench by Conor Townsend, who hasn’t put a foot wrong so far.
It’s not great news, but it certainly could have been much worst.
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