Kean Bryan in line to make West Brom debut v QPR
Kean Bryan could make his West Brom debut on Friday as QPR make the trip to The Hawthorns, according to Joe Chapman.
The Birmingham Mail journalist claims Bryan, 24, is in line to make his Baggies bow after his free-agent move earlier this month following Dara O’Shea’s long-term injury.
Fellow centre-back Matt Clarke has also been out injured, but he is edging nearer to a return, though Chapman believes Bryan’s availability will see the Brighton loanee kept waiting in the wings for a little while longer.
“While Ismael has Kean Bryan on the horizon to bring into the frame, I don’t think he’ll rush Clarke back if he doesn’t need to,” Chapman wrote on the Birmingham Mail website.
“I’d expect Bryan, who got a few minutes in the Under-23s on Friday night, to be a genuine selection option against QPR.”
Bryan played the first half of West Brom Under-23s 4-2 defeat to Aston Villa last Friday, starting the game on the left side of a back-three.
He was taken off at half-time, presumably because he has only just returned to action for the first time since May.
The Manchester City academy graduate was without a club all summer after leaving Sheffield United, and thus he is still working his way back to full fitness.
Albion’s Under-23 side next play against Southampton on Thursday, and that could represent another chance for Bryan to get some more minutes under his belt.
Given it still seems too early for Bryan to start against QPR on Friday, we could see him handed another 45 minutes for the second-string before taking up a place on the bench at The Hawthorns a day later.
In an ideal world, Albion will be two or three goals to the good in the last 20 minutes and Bryan can come on to enjoy a stress-free debut.
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