West Brom have received a double injury boost ahead of their trip to Brentford, with defensive duo Mason Holgate and Craig Dawson set to be available for selection.
Baggies caretaker manager James Shan spoke to the media ahead of his side’s clash against the Bees and, as quoted by The Express and Star, delivered a positive injury update on the team’s options at the back.
West Brom were left to sweat over the respective conditions of the two defenders after they were both taken off in the 3-0 win against Swansea City on Wednesday evening.
Shan opened his discussions regarding the players’ fitness with good news on Holgate and Dawson. He said:
Mason and Dawson were much better yesterday. They’ll be reviewed again today.
However, Matt Phillips is still nursing an ankle issue and his availability is currently unknown. Kieran Gibbs is ruled out, while Tosin Adarabioyo is also set to miss out. The caretaker boss said:
Matty Phillips has a slight issue with his ankle tendon. He might possibly be out. Kieran Gibbs will be back in the international break.
The only other one is Tosin with a hamstring. We expect Mason and Craig from the other night to be available for selection.
Why West Brom must pursue a permanent deal for Holgate
Holgate is still young and has plenty of room to grow and develop. West Brom could benefit from the potential that he boasts.
One quality of Holgate’s is his versatility. He can play in central defence and at right-back.
Premier League experience
Holgate has regularly played for Everton in the Premier League. With West Brom pushing for a return to the top flight, he’d be a good player to have in the ranks.
West Brom have a rather ageing squad, and young players such as Holgate, on permanent deals, should be targeted in the summer.