West Brom v Coventry City Championship injury news as eight ruled out

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Latest injury and team news ahead of West Brom versus Coventry City in the EFL Championship.

West Brom are on the Sky Sports television cameras again as they host Coventry City at The Hawthorn's in the EFL Championship on Friday night. The Baggies have had several of their games broadcasted by Sky Sports this month and that is to continue in to March with the national media taking an interest in the club.

Friday's match against Coventry is the first official game of the Shilen Patel era who has completed his takeover from Chinese businessman Guochuan Lai. He along with his father Kiran Patel now own a 87.8% stake in the club and in his first interview he said the Premier League is where the clubs belongs. West Brom hold one of the play-off spots and so that goal isn't out of the realm of possibility.

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West Brom hold a four-point lead over Norwich City in seventh and are five points clear of Coventry City who are in ninth. A victory for West Brom would create some distance between themselves and the chasing pack but a rare home defeat could open the door to a few clubs who hold top six ambitions.

Here's the latest injury and team news ahead of kick-off from both camps...

West Brom team news

Brandon Thomas-Asante has a tendon injury that will rule him out for between a fortnight to five weeks. Carlos Corberan last week said the striker would undergo a further scan to assess the injury and that they would be careful with him as rushing him back could mean that he picks up a bigger injury.

West Brom's forward options are limited with Daryl Dike and Josh Maja both sidelined. Dike ruptured his Achilles earlier this month and will miss the rest of 2024 as he recovers from his latest setback. Josh Maja has been out since December with an ankle ligament injury.

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Republic of Ireland international Jayson Molumby is another that won't play a part after undergoing surgery for a foot injury. Matt Phillips damaged his hamstring back in the winter but could make a return during the Easter period. Experienced defender Martin kelly injured his calf playing for the under-21s team and it is likely that he won't play a part for the club this season.

Out: Brandon Thomas-Asante, Daryl Dike, Jayson Molumby, Josh Maja and Martin Kelly.

Coventry City team news

Tasuhiro Sakamoto has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign after suffering a back injury in the defeat to Preston North End. He fell heavily following a challenge and had to be stretchered off before being taken to hospital. The 27-year-old is now recovering from home and watched on as his teammates held a shirt aloft to him when Ellis Simms scored in the FA Cup win against Maidstone United.

"He will miss the rest of the season," said manager Mark Robins to BBC Radio West Midlands.

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"I don't want to tell everybody what it is just yet because I want to let things settle down and make sure Tats is right, as I've not managed to speak to him other than by text.

"He will be maybe eight to 10 weeks and that sees us to the end of the season."

Ben Sheaf suffered a significant hamstring tear at the end of January and was given a time frame of six to eight weeks. He's expected to return to action in mid-March.

Jamie Allen suffered a fractured cheekbone in the FA Cup victory against Sheffield Wednesday and had to undergo an operation where titanium plates were put in. Allen is expected to return to training in the week leading into the busy Easter period and so he won't play on this side of the international break.

Out: Ben Sheaf, Jamie Allen and Tatsuhiro Sakamoto.

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