West Bromwich Albion manager Valerien Ismael has dropped a promising injury update on Alex Mowatt.
In recent comments cited by Birmingham Live, the Frenchman revealed that, despite the central midfielder requiring a substitution midway through the second half of the 1-0 win over Birmingham City on Friday evening, the 26-year-old should be available for Albion’s trip to Swansea City on Wednesday.
Mowatt was already a serious doubt for the fixture against the Blues, after suffering what was initially feared to be a broken foot in the Baggies’ 1-0 loss to Stoke City before the international break, however, the former England U20 international was deemed fit enough to feature in the West Midlands derby.
Speaking about the midfielder’s latest knock, Ismael said: “Alex is the same injury, a bruise on his toe. He took the right decision to come off, we need to manage him for the next game.”
Considering just how impressive Mowatt has been for West Brom since joining the club in the summer transfer window, the news that the 26-year-old’s injury does not appear to be too serious is sure to have left Albion fans buzzing.
Indeed, over his 12 Championship appearances this season, the £6.3m-rated man has scored three goals, registered one assist and created one big chance for his teammates, as well as taking an average of one shot and making 1.4 key passes per game.
As such, Mowatt’s apparent availability for the trip to Wales in midweek will undoubtedly provide the 46-year-old manager’s chances of picking up a positive result against the Swans with a major boost – something that the Frenchman will be desperate for in order to maintain West Brom’s push for a top-two finish in the second tier this season.