By Nick Ware

7th Sep, 2021 | 12:10pm

West Brom defender Matt Clarke set to miss next six games

West Brom defender Matt Clarke is expected to be out of action for at least another month, according to The Athletic.

Clarke, 24, hobbled out during the first half of West Brom’s 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers on August 21.

He subsequently missed the 6-0 League Cup defeat to Arsenal and 1-0 Championship win over Peterborough United with the hamstring injury he had sustained at Ewood Park.

The Brighton loanee is now set to miss at least the next six games, meaning he is unlikely to return until after the next international break in October.

Six games would see Clarke miss this weekend’s clash against Millwall, as well as fixtures with Derby County, Preston North End, QPR and Cardiff City.

A trip to Stoke City on October 1 rounds off the mini-season in between the international breaks before duties resume against Birmingham City on October 15.

Double defensive blow

Clarke’s injury has been compounded by the ankle issue sustained by fellow centre-back Dara O’Shea on international duty for the Republic of Ireland last week.

O’Shea, 23, was taken off in the first half of the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier with Portugal last week and subsequently withdrawn from their squad for their next two games.

It remains to be seen just how bad the damage is but the signing of Kean Bryan on Tuesday suggests there is some concern that he could be set for an extended spell on the sidelines.

With Clarke and O’Shea out, two of the early stars of Albion’s season, there will be a lot of responsibility placed upon the shoulders of Kyle Bartley and Semi Ajayi.

They are likely to be joined by either Bryan or Cedric Kipre in the three-man defence against Millwall this weekend.

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