West Brom triple injury update as Carlos Corberan is left with late call

West Brom team news ahead of Preston North End as Carlos Corberan delivers the latest on his squad.
West Brom boss Carlos Corberan will make another late call on defender Semi Ajayi ahead of their trip to Preston North End on Saturday after he rolled his ankle in the late stages of the goalless draw with Millwall a week ago. Ajayi missed the recent defeat to Huddersfield because of illness but has come through all three draws since the international break.

Ajayi, who Albion are expecting to lose to AFCON where he’ll represent Nigeria in the New Year fitness and form permitting, has endured a disrupted week of training and preparation as a result of that ankle twist and he has been training alone this week, but he is set to join in with the rest of the squad on Friday. Corberan will make a late call on his inclusion depending on how he comes through that.

Elsewhere, Erik Pieters is all set to be involved again, after requiring a substitution against Millwall; the Dutchman has been a regular in the side since the beginning of the season and although he was forced off last time out, it was nothing serious.

Semi Ajayi of West Bromwich Albion

“Fortunately Pieters asked for a change but not for an injury, he was just feeling tired with the muscle, you can expect when playing three games in a row, especially 90 minutes against Watford with not a lot of recovery time,” Corberan explained. “He only missed one training but he was doing normal training Wednesday and Thursday was a normal plan with the group, he will train today.

 

“Ajayi was a little bit different, in one of the last actions of the game he turned his ankle and couldn’t train with the group, but he will train today and depending on training today we will make a decision.”

As for absentee Josh Maja, it’s as you were. The striker suffered a serious ankle ligament injury in the recent draw at Bristol City, having made a significant impact from the bench, and he was ultimately ruled out until the middle of November – likely to be after the final international break of 2023..

 

“It’s exactly the same, he still has the boot and cannot make anything,” Corberan added. “It’s one important injury that we need to be patient with, unfortunately.”

 

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