Confirmed West Brom injury blow as Josh Maja out for eight weeks
West Brom striker Josh Maja has been ruled out for approximately eight weeks after suffering an ankle injury in the 0-0 draw with Bristol City, as confirmed on the official club website.
The statement from the Baggies confirmed Maja has torn his ankle ligaments after a strong tackle in the Championship fixture, and will begin his rehabilitation after a short period of rest.
It is also announced that the club’s medical staff believe the Nigerian forward will return to first-team training after the international break in November, putting a more accurate time frame on his recovery.
A huge blow for the Baggies
Had it not been for the injury suffered in the final moments against Bristol City, Maja’s cameo performance from the bench would almost certainly have earned him a starting spot in the team to face Watford at Vicarage Road on Wednesday 20 September.
Having arrived in the summer after his Bordeaux contract expired, Maja had been working to get up to full fitness alongside the rest of the squad and was still awaiting his first start for the club having missed the majority of pre-season.
Now, though, there will be another eight weeks at least until the striker can make his bow at The Hawthorns, in a development that will be a crushing blow both to his first-team hopes and to the club, with Maja’s name the latest on the long-term injury list.
Carlos Corberan had recently commented on how impressed he has been with Maja since his arrival, with his attitude and commitment in training putting him in line for a more consistent role in the team.
The hopes of the club will now be that he can return in due course and continue to perform.