Carlos Corberan allays fears over fresh West Brom injury worry
West Brom defender Erik Pieters limped off in the second half of Albion’s goalless draw with Millwall on Saturday
Carlos Corberan is hopeful that defender Erik Pieters’ issue which forced him off in West Brom’s goalless draw with Millwall on Saturday isn’t a serious one as he looks to a run of three matches in the space of seven days, beginning next weekend.
Albion will head to Preston North End before the welcome Sheffield Wednesday and visit Birmingham City, all in the space of a week, before the next international break which takes place midway into next month. Albion, of course, are already without Josh Maja and Daryl Dike, so Brandon Thomas-Asante’s game-time must be carefully managed.
What Albion don’t really need are any fresh worries over important first-team personnel, so when the experienced Pieters pulled up in the second half, having himself played in the last three matches in eight days, there were initial concerns that the Dutchman had picked up a fresh injury.
Corberan has revealed that Pieters felt tightness in his muscle, and was taken off as a consequence, but he is optimistic that it isn’t more serious than that.
“No, he is tight, the muscle is very tight,” he explained post-match. “He couldn’t keep playing. It looks like it’s not an injury, but I don’t know yet – I didn’t expect to have the injury to Maja and for my striker to be out for eight weeks. Hopefully we don’t lose any of our players, because we have a week to prepare the next game but then it’s Saturday, Tuesday, Friday. It’s the most demanding week that we can have.”
Corberan has been pleased enough with the depth he has available to him in his squad – aside from the unfortunate situation regarding two thirds of his centre forward department – but did the minutes he handed to various personnel who have been patiently waiting for their chance confirm that viewpoint?
“I knew from the beginning that we had a good squad with different possibilities in each position,” he added. “What we need to do is to use our strength, our depth, to compete in the best way we can.”