West Brom given boost as Blackpool set to be without FOUR key players for Good Friday clash

The Tangerines have a number of injuries to some big names in their squad ahead of the Easter period

West Brom have been boosted by the news that Blackpool could be without four key players for the Championship clash on Good Friday.

Kevin Stewart, goalkeeper Daniel Grimshaw (concussion) and Chelsea loanee Dujon Sterling (ankle) are all confirmed out whilst Luke Garbutt is struggling with illness and is touch and go for the contest.

Sign up to our BirminghamWorld Today newsletter

After making 24 appearances this season, Sterling has returned to Chelsea to be assessed for a ligament injury sustained in the Seasiders’ defeat to Nottingham Forest.

Speaking ahead of the game [via LancsLive], Blackpool manager Neil Critchley said:

“Grimmy’s been back in this week but very, very tentative steps, just minimal low-level exercise. It’s nice to see him, nice to see his face and speak to him, obviously he’s a lot better than what he was. But we won’t take any unnecessary risks with him,”

“We’ll be governed by the doctors and him and how he feels so it’ll be baby steps with Grimmy between now and the end of the season.

“It’s been quite quiet for a change, we don’t have much to report really, there’s been no real change from last week. Kevin’s (Stewart) doing a bit of running so we’re hopeful we’ll see him between now and the end of the season. Dujon’s back at Chelsea doing some rehab and everyone else is as you were.”

Albion on the other hand will be without Sam Johnstone with Steve Bruce confirming the wantaway goalkeeper will play no further part this season. Back-up stopper David Button will deputise for the meantime at least.

Matt Phillips will return for the game after months on the sidelines but will have to settle for a place on the bench.

A message from the editor:

Thank you for reading. BirminghamWorld is Birmingham’s latest news website, championing everything that is great about our city - reporting on news, lifestyle and sport. We want to start a community among our readers, so please follow us on Facebook,Twitter and Instagram, and keep the conversation going.