West Bromwich Albion: Injury Report
With the new season just around the corner things are looking bleak for Tony Pulis' West Bromwich Albion side. Joleon Lescott, James Morrison and Ben Foster will all miss the start of the season while new signings Ron Vlaar and Salomón Rondón also picked up knocks during the pre-season.
Starting off with the most severe injury, Scottish midfielder James Morrison broke his foot during West Brom's surprising 2-0 loss to Columbus Crew last month and is expected to be out for the next three months at the very least.
Ben Foster could well be back in action soon after he resumed light training at The Baggies' training ground earlier this month. The England goalkeeper damaged his cruciate ligaments towards the end of last season and has been out since March with the injury. The 31-year-old will likely push Boaz Myhill back onto the bench when he returns to full fitness.
Former Manchester City and Everton centre back Joleon Lescott twisted his ankle in training exactly one week before West Brom's opening game against Manchester United and will miss all of the games throughout September, although the ex-England international was not expected to be a regular member of the first team with the arrivals of James Chester and Ron Vlaar.
But Vlaar is another absentee for the opening games of the season after straining his knee ligaments in training. Two injuries in training could well cause Tony Pulis to reconsider the intensity of his training sessions to avoid any further knocks. Vlaar will now be sidelined for the next six weeks and can expect to return to first team action at some point in September. With both him and Lescott out of the side until then, Pulis is likely to field James Chester and former captain Jonas Olsson as a defensive pairing.
Finally and perhaps most disappointingly for fans of West Brom is an injury to £12m signing Salomón Rondón who tore his knee ligaments, once again while training. It will be imperative to Pulis to keep Saido Berahino around despite speculation still linking him with Spurs. Rickie Lambert is expected to provide some much needed cover in the absence of Rondón, while Victor Anichebe and Brown Ideye will also be fighting for a spot in the team.