Steve Bruce dropped Darnell Furlong in West Bromwich Albion’s 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic after his poor performance in their 2-2 draw with Huddersfield Town, but the Baggies manager might be forced to recall the 26-year-old against Burnley on Friday as Semi Ajayi could miss the game through injury.
Dara O’Shea was pushed to right-back against Wigan as Kyle Bartley partnered Ajayi at centre-back, but the 28-year-old was withdrawn 20 minutes into the game after injuring his knee and ankle, so O’Shea was forced to partner Bartley while Furlong was brought off the bench.
Bruce doesn’t have a fourth centre-back available as Kean Bryan is also injured, so West Brom’s defence should mirror how they looked 20 minutes into Tuesday’s game – Furlong, O’Shea, Bartley and Conor Townsend.
Bruce had been warned about not signing a replacement for Bryan, so he’s taking a risk banking on Bartley and O’Shea to stay fit. Ajayi could be out for a long time with his double injury too.
The Baggies will be thin on numbers against Burnley on Friday, so might the Albion manager make a U-turn in the transfer market? He did it to sign Brandon Thomas-Asante after insisting he was happy with his strikers…