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West Brom: Joseph Masi drops Daryl Dike update

West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a huge injury blow regarding Daryl Dike.

What’s the latest?

In a recent post on Twitter, Joseph Masi claimed that, in Valerien Ismael’s pre-match press conference, the Frenchman revealed that the injury picked up by the Baggies’ £7m January signing in the 3-0 win over Peterborough United last weekend looks set to keep him out of action for around eight weeks – or 11 Championship fixtures.

In his post, the Express & Star journalist said: “Nightmare news that Daryl Dike will be out for the next eight weeks. Set to miss 11 games.”

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Ismael will be seething

Considering the fact that Dike was brought into the club this winter in a bid to address Ismael’s distinct lack of a goalscoring number nine, the news that the 21-year-old will be out of action for more than half of West Brom’s remaining Championship fixtures is sure to have left the 46-year-old seething.

Indeed, from Dike’s form while on loan at Barnsley last season, the centre-forward very much appears to be a striker who possesses the goalscoring ability to help fire the Baggies to a top-two finish in the current campaign.

Over his 19 Championship outings for Ismael’s Barnsley side last time out, the £9m-rated hitman scored a highly impressive nine goals for the Tykes – at a rate of one goal every 143 minutes.

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For comparison, West Brom’s current backup centre-forward, Jordan Hugill, has scored just one goal over his 20 Championship appearances this season – with the 29-year-old averaging a strike rate of one in every 1003 minutes of second-tier football played.

As such, the news that Dike has been ruled out for such an extended period of time will undoubtedly come as a major blow to Albion’s promotion hopes this season – unless Ismael can bring in a new option at centre-forward over what remains of the January transfer window.

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