By Joe Ellis

5th Aug, 2022 | 11:12am

West Brom: Kean Bryan injury return nudged back due to lack of pre-season games

West Brom will have to wait a little longer before Kean Bryan can feature as he continues his recovery from injury, according to Birmingham Live.

The 25-year-old was forced off during the Baggies’ 1-0 win over Hull City all the way back in November with an anterior cruciate ligament injury and missed the rest of the 2021-22 campaign as a result.

Steve Bruce did reveal that he had been working hard to come back for the start of the new season but he wouldn’t put a timescale on when he might be back.

I don’t want to put a time on it, but he’s had a horrible injury. He’s still short at the minute, but the kid can’t do anymore. We’ll just have to keep bashing away,” he said.

He did join Albion for the pre-season tour of Portugal but having not played any pre-season minutes, he needs to build match fitness before he can play in the first team which has delayed his return.

Relax

Bryan will obviously want to be back playing as soon as he possibly can but West Brom aren’t desperate for a centre-half right now with Kyle Bartley, Semi Ajayi and Dara O’Shea all fit.

That trio is more than capable of handling whatever is thrown at them for the beginning of this season and it would only take further injuries or suspensions to need him back in rapid time.

For now, the 25-year-old needs to try and relax and let his injury heal as it needs to and then not rush his match practice before he returns because it will just end up seeing him back on the physio’s table.

That is the last thing he or Bruce wants for him so West Brom really need to err on the side of caution at all times with Bryan even if that means he takes a lot longer to get back to full fitness because he is useless to the club when he is injured long-term.