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West Brom: Corberan dealt Grant injury blow

West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a big injury blow ahead of their FA Cup replay against Chesterfield on Tuesday night, with striker Karlan Grant ruled out.

Carlos Corberan’s side narrowly avoided a huge cup upset in the third-round fixture at the Technique Stadium earlier this month, with Brandon Thomas-Asante’s late equaliser meaning the two sides will face off again at the Hawthorns this evening.

The Baggies will already be without the former Salford City striker after he picked up a retrospective three-match ban for violent conduct in the initial fixture against the Spireites.

With the in-form Daryl Dike likely to be rested due to his long-standing injury concerns, Corberan would have hoped to have called upon Grant, who has struggled for game time in the Championship this season but starred against the National League outfit, providing a goal and an assist in the 3-3 draw.

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However, it has now been confirmed that the former Huddersfield man will miss the game after picking up a quad injury, which is terrible timing for Corberan given the lack of other strikers available, and means that he could be forced to call upon some of West Brom’s academy forwards as he looks to avoid a huge upset against the non-league side.

Although Grant has managed just one Championship start under Corberan and has only scored three times in the second tier this season, he can still be a dangerous forward on his day and his performance against Chesterfield emphasised that he is still willing to put a shift in, even against non-league opposition.

Therefore, Tuesday night would have represented another excellent chance for him to show Corberan what he can do, with the Baggies’ depth in attack likely to be vital to any promotion push this season.

Grant has proven himself to be a “valuable” player for West Brom – in the words of pundit Colin Murray – in the past, notching 18 goals and six assists last season.

Therefore, it is undoubtedly a big blow for Corberan that the £15m frontman won’t be available for the game against Chesterfield and the Spanish manager will surely be hoping that he is back to full fitness as soon as possible, as he could still have a big role to play in supporting and competing with Dike and Thomas-Asante this season.