By Nick Ware

8th Sep, 2021 | 8:10am

Tom Ross reacts to 'devastating' West Brom-Dara'O'Shea update

West Brom announced Dara O’Shea is set for an extended spell on the sidelines on Tuesday in a crushing blow to club and country.

O’Shea, 22, suffered an ankle injury in the Republic of Ireland’s World Cup qualifier against Portugal in Faro last week.

He was substituted immediately and taken out of the squad for their remaining games against Azerbaijan and Serbia before being sent for scans at West Brom.

Albion confirmed via their official website on Tuesday that O’Shea has suffered a fractured ankle and sustained ligament damage, and is set to be sidelined for four to six months.

Tom Ross, commentator for talkSPORT and journalist for Birmingham Mail, reacted to the news via his personal Twitter profile.

He wrote: “Devastating news for West Brom that defender Dara O’Shea will be out for 4-6 months after fracturing his ankle playing for the Republic of Ireland- he also suffered ligament damage. Get well soon Dara.”

Opportunity arises

The season is only young but O’Shea has already emerged as one of the stars of West Brom’s first few games as they push for promotion back to the Premier League.

The centre-back has been a pillar of consistency in their first five Championship games, scoring two goals and helping to guide the defence to two clean sheets.

As such, Albion will miss out on his immense qualities at either end of the pitch.

However, in Semi Ajayi, Valerien Ismael has a more than capable replacement.

The Nigerian international can seamlessly slot into O’Shea’s position on the right-hand side of the back-three with his pace and threat in the air compensating for his teammate’s loss.

It’s on the other side where there may be more issues with Matt Clarke also set to miss a host of games.

The left-footed Kean Bryan is likely to be tasked with replacing the Brighton loanee after he was signed as a free agent on Tuesday, though it may take some time for him to get up to speed.

In other West Brom news, this rarely-seen Albion talent could be set for an unexpected start v Millwall amid major developments.

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