West Bromwich Albion head coach Darren Moore has been giving an injury update ahead of this weekend’s Championship clash with Ipswich Town at The Hawthorns.
Having been beaten heavily by Leeds United at Elland Road last Friday evening, our automatic promotion hopes have been dented and many believe we’re now out of the battle for the top two places but it’s not all doom and gloom as plenty of fans would’ve taken the Play-Offs at the start of the year.
Win against the Tractor Boys and the disappointment will quickly evaporate.
Speaking to wba.co.uk as Moore turned his eyes forward to next weekend, he explained that Matty Phillips was now fit and ready to return to first team contention following the ankle knock he took against Sheffield United.
Full back Kieran Gibbs is at best 50/50 for the game though and he will undergo a late fitness test at the end of the week.
“Matty is okay and he should be fine for Saturday. He has only recently returned from his ankle injury and we don’t want to push him too hard, too soon. Gibbo is slightly different and we will have to keep an eye on him throughout the week. He has a slight hip problem. Hopefully he can make good progress but at the minute I’d have to rate him 50/50. We’d obviously like all our players available to us but this is football and it’s always better to be cautious with a player when they have a knock.”