West Brom vs Wigan Athletic injury news - as 7 players ruled out and 3 doubts for midweek clash

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There have been some team news updates before West Brom vs Wigan Athletic, including the latest on Alex Palmer, Grady Diangana and Brandon Thomas-Asante.

West Bromwich Albion are in a dire position when it comes to injuries, with a whopping nine players likely to be sidelined as they face Wigan Athletic on Tuesday evening. Carlos Corberan has become extra thankful for his squad depth over recent weeks as many of his key men have been struck with problems in a short period of time.

Josh Griffiths’ spell between the sticks will continue for a while longer as first-choice goalkeeper Alex Palmer (ankle and knee) is expected to miss out until after the international break. Kyle Bartley, who has been missing since before the World Cup, could be back at a similar time to Palmer, but defender Kean Bryan (ACL) will be sidelined for the remainder of the season.

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Matt Phillips and Karlan Grant (both quad) are pushing to get back on the teamsheet before the end of the campaign but they are still early on with their recoveries. Grady Diangana has suffered ligament damage in his foot and will be unavailable for plenty of weeks to come, if not months.

On a brighter note, there are a few players getting closer for selection, with perhaps the most notable being Brandon Thomas-Asante (hamstring), who is pushing to get back albeit a major doubt for Tuesday. Saturday’s clash against Huddersfield Town looks like a more likely return date for the striker. Experienced midfielder Jake Livermore could come back after an illness, whereas Tom Rogic (hamstring) is touch-and-go.

Alex Palmer was a mainstay in the West Brom starting XI but his injury troubles mean youngster Josh Griffiths has been enjoying some minutes between the sticks.Alex Palmer was a mainstay in the West Brom starting XI but his injury troubles mean youngster Josh Griffiths has been enjoying some minutes between the sticks.
Alex Palmer was a mainstay in the West Brom starting XI but his injury troubles mean youngster Josh Griffiths has been enjoying some minutes between the sticks.

For Wigan, there are far fewer injury concerns. Ironically, their one certain absentee is in fact a West Brom player, adding quite literal insult to injury for The Baggies. Martin Kelly, who was sent out on loan to The Latics in January, made just one appearance before suffering a serious knee injury, ruling him out for the rest of the current term.

Northern Irish forward Josh Magennis made his comeback off the bench in Wigan’s 1-1 draw with Birmingham City at the weekend, so he could be fighting for a starting spot. Omar Rekik started that particular game despite being a doubt – meaning Shaun Maloney has no other fitness concerns.

Ruled out: Palmer, Bartley, Bryan, Phillips, Grant, Diangana (WBA); Kelly (WIG).

Doubts: Thomas-Asante, Rogic, Livermore (WBA);

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