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West Brom dealt major Alex Mowatt injury blow ahead of Hull

West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a major blow regarding the fitness of Alex Mowatt ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.

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According to The Athletic’s West Brom correspondent Steve Madeley, Valeiren Ismael confirmed that the central midfielder will not be available for selection in Wednesday evening’s fixture against Hull City, nor Saturday’s clash with Middlesbrough, as the 26-year-old is yet to recover from a foot injury that has ruled him out of the Baggies’ last three fixtures.

In his post on Twitter, Madeley said: “Ismael also ruled Alex Mowatt out of this week’s two home games v Hull and Middlesbrough with his foot problem. Hopes to have the midfielder back immediately after the international break, which comes after the Boro game.”

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Major blow

Considering how important a part of the West Brom side Mowatt has become since his summer move to The Hawthorns, the fact that the midfielder is set to miss Albion’s next two league fixtures is sure to have left Ismael fuming.

Indeed, over his 12 Championship appearances so far this season, the £6.3m-rated man has scored three goals, provided one assist and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as taking an average of one shot and making 1.4 key passes per game.

The £6.5k-per-week central midfielder has also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, making an average of 1.9 tackles, 1.9 interceptions, completing 25.8 passes and winning 5.3 duels per fixture.

These returns have seen the 26-year-old average a SofaScore match rating of 7.19, ranking him as Ismael’s second-best performer in the league.

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Furthermore, West Brom’s form with and without the former England U20 international further highlights his importance in the middle of the park, with the Baggies averaging 2.08 points per game with the midfielder and just one point per game without.

As such, the fact that Albion will be lining up without Mowatt against Hull on Wednesday evening would not appear to bode well for the club’s chances of leaving the fixture with all three points – something Ismael will be desperate for after a rather humbling 3-0 defeat at promotion-rivals Fulham last time out.

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