With key West Bromwich Albion midfielder Matty Phillips missing out on Friday’s trip to Middlesbrough, manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that he’s quietly confident he’ll come back into first team contention for Tuesday evening’s clash with Barnsley.
The 28-year-old Scottish international has again proven himself key to the side during the 2019/20 campaign so far, making eleven appearances for Bilic, returning four goals and one assist, but he was given additional time off owing to a shin complaint after a knock in training during the buildup to the game, and the decision was taken to rest him.
Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, our gaffer confirmed that the injury was already being managed ahead of the international break, having undergone an injection as treatment, that was why he missed out for Scotland, and then for us as the fixture list returned.
“He doesn’t remember a kick, it’s not a big thing, hopefully. He’s going to do a scan on Sunday. It’s his shin. I expect him to be ready for Tuesday night.”
Be a big bonus if he does return in midweek, but we certainly don’t want to see him out for longer by rushing him back too quickly.