Slaven Bilic has confirmed that West Brom midfielder Sam Field tested positive for COVID-19 in the past fortnight.
The midfielder hasn’t had much luck this season after he suffered a serious knee injury in the Premier League defeat against Southampton.
Bilic hasn’t made it a secret that he is a big fan of the 22-year-old and admitted that this could have helped his recovery in more than one way.
Speaking in his press conference on Thursday via Birmingham Live, Bilic shared that Field should be back in training around the corner after his whirlwind month.
“Sam is a bit of an unlucky guy with injuries,” he said. “He had that thing in training before the Southampton game.
“Then he got corona, ten days ago, and he was out. Now he’s back. Maybe corona helped a little bit because he was on the verge of joining us but then it might’ve been a bit too early.
“Now we have double secured it. He’s back, he’s negative regarding the virus and his knee is stable. I expect him very soon to start training with us.”
This news won’t have effected Field too much, and as Bilic mentioned, it could have actually helped him in his recovery.
Coming back too soon effects most players, and this has forced him to be extra careful in his rehabilitation period.
After loan spells away from the Hawthorns, Field’s career with the Baggies looked to be over, but Bilic has revitalised him since arriving.
Field started both Carabao Cup games this season and has featured for 62 minutes in the Premier League. He has impressed, completing nearly two tackles per game according to WhoScored.
This is a big boost for the Baggies, and with both Kieran Gibbs and Jake Livermore also returning, they should finally have a fully-fit squad to choose from once again.
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