By Rob Jarvis

30th Dec, 2020 | 7:10am

Sam Allardyce shares injury update on Kieran Gibbs after West Brom defeat v Leeds

Sam Allardyce has confirmed that West Brom defender Kieran Gibbs has picked up a fresh injury blow after dropping out of the squad against Leeds.

The experienced Baggies defender was named in the starting XI before the 5-0 defeat but was replaced by Lee Peltier in the build-up.

Allardyce shed light on his absence after the game, claiming he had felt some tiredness in his thigh that couldn’t be shaken off.

Speaking on Amazon Prime after the game, Allardyce shared the injury update and claimed it gave him the perfect chance to see Peltier in action.

“He felt his thigh while he was warming up so it probably comes from the Liverpool game because it was only two days ago,” he said.

“There’s still a bit of fatigue in there that he felt wasn’t going to go away so Lee Peltier came in – at least I got the opportunity to see Lee, and see what he can do.”

This could be a major issue for the Baggies.

Conor Townsend is also still struggling with his injury problem, and if Gibbs is ruled out for an extended period, the Albion will be without a recognised left-back going into January.

Peltier didn’t do anything massively wrong, but he only completed 61.1% of his passes according to WhoScored, and the 34-year-old is Championship standard at best.

Allardyce spoke of his January wishes this week, and this problem could see him look to bring in another left-back for the second half of the Premier League season.

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