West Brom boss Steve Clarke faces an anxious wait to see if on loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku can recover in time for his side’s home fixture against Manchester City.
The 19-year-old has illustrated this term why Chelsea were willing to part with a reported £18 million fee to Anderlecht for the star’s services last season.
The Belgian international has already become a real asset for the Baggies, illustrating his sheer power and pace.
However, the player picked up an ankle problem which excluded him from participating in this round of 2014 World Cup Qualifiers.
It is a tight call whether the 6ft 3in marksman will be able to the lead Albion line against the Premier League champions, but his manager is hopeful.
Clarke is aware that the striker has had the knock for a few weeks and was feeling the strain against QPR. But he is happy that all the correct precautions have been taken to ensure the player doesn’t become seriously injured.
The former Chelsea number two went on to tell the West Bromwich Albion official website: “It’s not a big problem but it’s one we’re mindful we don’t want to become a big problem. We’re monitoring it.”
The Baggies’ front line has been on top form this season with Lukaku providing another dimension to the already formidable Peter Odemwingie and Shane Long partnership.
The loan signing has been part of what appears to have been a successful bargain summer recruitment policy for the West Midlands side, with new midfielder Claudio Yacob also impressing after signing on a free from Racing Club.