West Brom v Middlesbrough injury news - as two doubts and six ruled out
Latest injury news ahead of West Brom v Middlesbrough in the EFL Championship.
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It is said that Baggies prospect Reyes Cleary is stepping up his recovery from a hamstring injury, but that he is still someway off from making a return to the pitch, having been out of action since April. The 19-year-old has made six senior appearances for the club with his last coming against Chesterfield in January earlier this year.
Adam Reach is a long-term absentee and underwent surgery for a quad injury, which has kept him sidelined since April. Daryl Dike is another who won't be seen for quite some time having suffered another serious injury, this one an Achilles problem, which probably rules him out for the remainder of the year.
Martin Kelly meanwhile is closing in on a return, and should rejoin in with light training before the international break. The former Liverpool defender had a knee injury whilst on loan at Wigan Athletic, and was another that needed surgery.
Grady Diangana has been linked with a move away this transfer window but as of yet no club has made a firm offer for him. He has had ligament damage in his foot, and suffered that injury against Boro in their last meeting. Diangana could be available to Carlos Corberan this weekend in a welcomed boost.
Brandon Thomas-Asante had been doubtful last weekend, but played for more than an hour against Leeds United and was on the score sheet. He has had a full weeks training, and will be ready for Saturday.
As for Michael Carrick's side, they have no fresh injury concerns to think about, but will be without at least two players. Both Anfernee Dikjsteel and Tommy Smith have had leg and ankle injuries, and have not featured so far this season.
Matt Clarke meanwhile is doubtful, having contended with a back problem. The 26-year-old centre-back has not made an appearance in the current campaign either.