After failing to beat Middlesbrough at home in their previous Championship outing, West Brom head into the latest international break in third place in the league table, eight points below leaders AFC Bournemouth and six below Fulham.
Before the Middlesbrough draw, Valerien Ismael’s side managed to beat Hull City 1-0 but were dealt an injury blow when defender Kean Bryan was forced off the pitch with a knee injury just a few minutes before halftime.
Now that some time has passed, the severity of this injury has become clear, and it does not look good for the defender.
It has recently been revealed that Bryan has been ruled out for the remainder of the season after suffering anterior cruciate ligament damage, which will be absolutely gutting for the West Brom fans to hear. They were rightfully sad after learning this news, responding to the player’s tweet with plenty of get well messages.
However, this will equally be bad news for Ismael as well considering Bryan was brought into the club in the first place as a replacement for Dara O’Shea who also suffered a serious injury earlier in the season.
Even though the 25-year-old, who is currently valued at £1.8m according to Transfermarkt, had only played nine minutes across two appearances in the Championship prior to the Hull game, which was his first league start of the season for the Baggies, it will still be a big blow for the club to not be able to count on Bryan as a defensive option from now until the rest of the season.
During the 40 minutes he played against Hull before suffering his injury, Bryan managed to show how much of a useful defensive outlet he can be for the team after making two clearances and racking up an average passing accuracy percentage of 88% with 28 passes completed out of the 32 he attempted.
Moving forward, with this news in mind, Ismael will have to make sure that the current defensive options he has at his disposal will be able to stay fit for the rest of the campaign and hope that O’Shea can recover from his injury as quickly as possible.
After all, he is still currently listed as West Brom’s highest-rated player based on his Championship performances according to WhoScored, despite only making five appearances, showing just how good he is for the team.