“Hamstrings” – West Bromwich Albion Boss Provides Update On Injured Star

West Bromwich Albion head coach Carlos Corberan has issued a worrying injury update on fullback Conor Townsend who was forced off the pitch on Friday night.

The Baggies took on Coventry City at The Hawthorns last night, hoping to open up a comfortable gap to seventh-place. The job was completed by Corberan’s men who came out on top with a 2-1 victory in front of their own fans.

The West Midlands outfit went 1-0 up inside the first seven minutes of the game through loan signing Mikey Johnston who struck a wonderful effort past visiting goalkeeper Ben Wilson. A half-hour later, Grady Diangana doubled the lead for the hosts to head into half time two goals to the good.

The scoreline remained this way for the majority of the second half until Haji Wright pulled one back for Coventry from the penalty spot 17 minutes from the end. Nevertheless, West Brom managed to hold on to the result to secure a massive three points this late in the season.

While the win was a huge positive for West Bromwich Albion, there was a blow for the team when left-back Townsend had to be substituted in the 65th minute, with Adam Reach coming on to replace him in the backline.

Speaking after the game, the Spaniard confirmed that the 30-year-old felt some “tiredness” in his hamstrings, but admitted he doesn’t know enough about the possible damage his fullback suffered [quotes via the Express & Star]:

“The medical staff told me he had some tiredness, it was fatigue, in the hamstrings.

“Hopefully [just fatigue and not more] but I don’t know yet, they will see how he is tomorrow and I don’t know if they will make a scan or not, I didn’t speak [about it] yet with the medical staff,” he continued.

“Hopefully it’s fine because he’s been an excellent player for us and if he’s not fine we need to find another solution with the other ones.”

Writer’s View

West Bromwich Albion currently boast the third-best defence in the Championship this season behind Leicester City and Leeds United. Townsend has been integral to this as the experienced defender has played in 34 of the side’s 35 league matches this term.

Losing him so late on in the campaign will be really disappointing should the player’s scans come back with negative news but there is cover for Townsend in the form of Pipa, Reach and Erik Pieters, meaning Corberan’s side should still be OK in his absence.

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