West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a fresh setback ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture this evening.
That’s according to a report by Yorkshire Live, who claim that Sheffield United’s Morgan Gibbs-White, who has been sidelined with a knee injury since December 20, could be set to make a return to first-team action against West Brom.
Speaking about the condition of the on-loan Wolverhampton Wanderers midfielder, Paul Heckingbottom said: “He’s back in full training. The fans need to be patient with him but I love watching him, I see straight away when he’s back on the grass we have missed him, definitely.
“We want to help him as much as we can get him back up to speed as quick as possible but regardless of that he has still got moments in him which are really good and we want to be using him as quickly as possible. Physically now everyone is happy with his injury. Medically he’s fine.”
Considering just how impressive Morgan Gibbs-White has been for Sheffield United this season, the news that the 22-year-old could be in line to make his return to action against West Brom this evening is sure to have left Steve Bruce gutted.
Indeed, over his 16 Championship appearances for the Blades, the £8.1m-rated man has been in astonishing form, having already scored five goals, registered four assists and created nine big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 1.7 key passes and taking 2.6 shots per game.
These returns have seen the England U21 international average a quite remarkable SofaScore match rating of 7.28, not only ranking him as Heckingbottom’s best performer in the league but also as the sixth-best player in the entire division.
As such, should Gibbs-White indeed make his return from injury against the Baggies this evening, it is clear for all to see that it would come as a major blow to Bruce’s chances of taking all three points back to The Hawthorns in his debut game in charge of Albion – with a loss against the Blades being a result that could see West Brom fall out of the top six.