By Rob Jarvis

1st Aug, 2021 | 7:30am

Matt Phillips forced into isolation after close contact with COVID-19

West Brom midfielder Matt Phillips was forced into isolation this week ahead of the Championship opener with Bournemouth.

Valerien Ismael confirmed the news after the Scotsman missed the 4-0 win over Birmingham yesterday at St Andrew’s.

Despite close contact with COVID-19, it was suggested that Phillips should be available to make the trip down south on Friday.

Speaking after the game on Saturday to Birmingham Live, Ismael shared the major update on his senior star.

“Matt Phillips was in close contact with someone Covid symptoms, so he needed to isolate,” he said.

“From Sunday he’ll be back, so it won’t be a problem next week.”

Back and firing.

Today will likely be a day off, so his final day of isolation won’t be missing too much of the action at the training ground.

Phillips will be straight back into the thick of things on Monday morning, and likely into preparations for the Bournemouth game.

Without this isolation period, there would have been no questions behind him starting the opener, but this could have thrown things into the air.

Karlan Grant, Grady Diangana and Callum Robinson all thrived in this high-pressing system and it will surely be hard to take any of them out this week.

Having said that, Phillips has been the star of the show during pre-season, regularly finding the back of the net.

Tough decisions lie ahead, and there will be some disappointment for someone, although we want to see that passion – bring on Bournemouth.

In other West Brom news, the Baggies could be handed senior West Ham player as talks continue – report