Kieran Gibbs was due to start for West Bromwich Albion in Tuesday’s meeting with Leeds United, but he pulled out before kick-off after picking up an injury during the warm-up.
West Brom confirmed that Lee Peltier would be handed his first Premier League start of the season in Gibbs’ stead, but Albion suffered a 5-0 defeat at the Hawthorns and Peltier was one of many players who underperformed.
There’s been no update on what the 31-year-old has done, so it remains to be seen if he’ll be fit to face his former club Arsenal on January 2. With Conor Townsend also out of action, Sam Allardyce is short on cover at left-back.
The West Brom manager was forced to rely on Peltier with his two preferred options sidelined with injury, but perhaps he might make a change against Arsenal that involves a player operating in a makeshift role or switching flanks.
Gibbs has made six appearances in all competitions this season and had only be reintroduced to the starting eleven because of Townsend’s injury. He had mostly been left out of the matchday squad or an unused substitute prior to December.
Allardyce may have to scour the transfer market for a replacement in January if Gibbs’ injury is severe.