Carlton Palmer: Dara O'Shea getting injured hands West Brom blow
West Brom have confirmed Dara O’Shea could spend the next six months on the injury sidelines after fracturing an ankle during the international break.
The centre-back, 22, was withdrawn from action during a World Cup qualifiers between Portugal and the Republic of Ireland a fortnight ago.
O’Shea also sustained ligament damage and has since undergone surgery ahead of a period of rehabilitation.
Ex-Albion midfielder Carlton Palmer has reacted to the news after the Baggies confirmed the blow, telling Football Transfer Tavern: “Devastating. He’s been very instrumental for West Brom.
“He’s obviously got the experience of being in international football. It’s a massive blow to them.”
West Brom have since brought in Kean Bryan to soften the blow, but there is no denying that being without O’Shea for the rest of the year is a huge blow.
The young defender played a huge role in ensuring his side’s brilliant start to the new Championship season, featuring in every minute of the opening five league games before his injury.
He also weighed in with two goals at the other end, and it is safe to say he was the Baggies’ best player prior to his injury.
While it is undoubtedly a big blow, it is not one that is capable of derailing their campaign, and that they have been able to bring in a replacement at the back comes as a boost.
The importance of a quality squad depth in a side chasing instant promotion cannot be overemphasised, and Valerien Ismael now has to show that his team are not over-reliant on one player.
Despite getting Bryan, West Brom could also be forced to sign another centre-back in January in order to go into the second half of the campaign full of strength in the position.
In other West Brom news, pundit is certain the Baggies star will be handed new deal with clause inserted.