Slaven Bilic has explained that there were as many as 15 positive COVID cases at West Brom in the last few weeks. 

Branislav Ivanovic and Matheus Pereira missed Albion’s game against Spurs after testing positive for the disease while Bilic has also confirmed that Jake Livermore and Kieran Gibbs tested positive recently.

Bilic has now explained that there was a much higher number of cases than originally thought amongst Albion players and staff in recent weeks.

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Bilic is quoted by BT Sport as saying: “I have to praise our medical team because a couple of weeks ago we had many cases with staff and players, maybe 15 cases, it was high.

“A couple of them didn’t play against Spurs and a few of them weren’t in the squad against Manchester United but it was good timing at least because it was the international break.

“Thanks to our medical team and the players and staff who looked after themselves and all the tests on Monday were negative.”

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With there being 15 coronavirus cases amongst the Baggies players and staff it is lucky that the club wasn’t placed into isolation and that more cases weren’t reported.

The West Brom medical team do deserve massive credit for making sure everyone who was infected stayed safe and posed no further threat to the other staff and squad members.

Hopefully, this is the last we will hear about any positive cases among the Baggies ranks as every player needs to be available to help the club out of their perilous position.

With the Baggies winless in nine and facing the only team below them in the league this weekend, the focus of everyone at the club needs to solely be on the Sheffield United game.

A win could jump-start Albion’s season and put them in a good position to climb away from the bottom of the table, a loss would be devastating.

In other West Brom news, plans for fans to return to the Hawthorns have been put on hold according to a reliable journalist. 

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