West Brom will be without Robert Snodgrass ahead of Saturday’s Premier League meeting with Brighton due to a ‘slight’ calf injury, as confirmed by the club’s official website.

The 33-year-old missed the Baggies’ 0-0 draw with Burnley due to a bruised knee, but Sam Allardyce revealedthat a ‘slight tear’ in his calf was recently discovered, so he wil need time to recover.

Allardyce explained that playing Snodgrass against Brighton would exacerbate the problem and potentially lead to him being sidelined for weeks, saying: “(Snodgrass) wanted to be involved in the squad.

“The issue he had with his knee ultimately covered up a slightly bigger issue in his calf. He’s got a slight tear. If I send him out on Saturday against Brighton and that calf tears more than it is now, then I would be kicking myself. If that happened, it would be perhaps five or six weeks out of action for him.”

Snodgrass has made six Premier League appearances since joining the Baggies from West Ham in January (Transfermarkt) and is one of the first names on the team sheet when fit.

Allardyce named Matheus Pereira and Matt Phillips on opposing flanks against Burnley and might be tempted to do the same on Saturday, but he has Grady Diangana, Karlan Grant and Callum Robinson at his disposal as well.

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Snodgrass will be a loss as he works hard in midfield, posting the second-highest tackling average in the West Brom squad, but Allardyce has several attacking players to call upon who can do a job when Brighton come to The Hawthorns.

West Brom earned a point against Burnley without the 33-year-old and with a one-man disadvantage for an hour, so there’s no reason why they can’t get a result on Saturday even without the Scottish winger’s industry.