By Dan Carter

11th Nov, 2023 | 7:40pm

Carlos Corberan shares Nathaniel Chalobah injury update after early West Brom substitution against Southampton

Carlos Corberan has revealed that West Brom star Nathaniel Chalobah did not pick up an injury during the Baggies’ defeat to Southampton, according to Lewis Cox.

The Express and Star journalist reported on Saturday (11 November) that the Albion boss confirmed that the midfielder, who was replaced by Alex Mowatt only 11 minutes into the second half, was not withdrawn because of injury.

Many had assumed that the 28-year-old had picked up a knock early in the second period that led to him being substituted after 56 minutes, but instead, it appears to have been a tactical decision to introduce Mowatt into the contest.

Strength in depth

If there is one area of Corberan’s squad at West Brom with plenty of strength in depth, it is the midfield, with a variety of options available to the Spaniard in the middle of the park while his depth in attack and defence is almost non-existent.

The Albion boss has never been afraid to tinker with his side, whether that be before or during matches and it appears as though his early second-half substitution was nothing more than an opportunity to pull the Baggies back into the match.

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Chalobah didn’t have a bad afternoon at St Mary’s and had the best pass completion rate of any starter on either side, as he completed 96 per cent of his 24 efforts. But he failed to have a huge impact on the match, failing to create a single opportunity for his teammates and sending his only effort on goal wide of the post [Fotmob].

On the other hand, Mowatt was one of West Brom’s best players, creating three chances in the 34 minutes he was on the pitch with four passes into the final third. Defensively the 28-year-old was exceptional winning both of his two attempted tackles and three of his five duels.

Both Chalobah and Mowatt will more than likely be competing for the starting position when West Brom return to action after the international break against Ipswich, but it is nice to hear that Albion haven’t lost yet another player to injury this season.

In other West Brom news, the latest takeover news could give Corberan a boost in the January transfer window