WBA boss confirms injury blow

Chris BruntChris Brunt will be missing from the West Brom side against Southampton at St Mary’s on Saturday because of a knee injury.

The 28-year-old Northern Ireland international midfielder picked up a knee injury during last weekend’s 1-1 draw against Newcastle at the Hawthorns and Baggies boss Steve Clarke confirmed that he will not be ready for the Saints trip.

“He’s not going to make it this week and it is fingers crossed for next week,” he said on the club’s website.

Full-back Billy Jones, who scored Albion’s second-half equaliser against the Magpies last week, is also struggling because of a gashed leg he suffered during the game, but Clarke is hoping he will make it.

Youssouf Mulumbu is still suspended, while Clarke also revealed that youngsters Isaiah Brown and Kemar Roofe are also missing due to injury.

However, controversial striker Peter Odemwingie, who scored both goals when West Brom defeated the Saints 2-0 earlier in the season, is set to return to the fold following a two-game absence with a knee injury.

Academy product Donervorn Daniels is set to be one of two youngsters who will be included in the squad for the trip to the south coast.

Meanwhile, loan striker Romelu Lukaku is warning his Baggies team-mates to expect a much tougher game than the home fixture back in November.

He said: “Southampton are playing very good football. I saw the game they played [2-0 win] against Reading.

“They are playing differently to the way they played at the start of the season. At the beginning of the season there was a lot of space to play, now there isn’t.

“They are very close and when they lose the ball they press to recover the ball in six seconds all the time.

“They are dangerous up front in Lambert especially and Rodriguez, who is scoring a lot. It will not be easy but it’s up to us, we have our own qualities.

“I think they will really get at us but we have to react and take the initiative to win the game. The first goal will be really important.”

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