Paul Scharner has provided Roberto Di Matteo with a further defensive headache ahead of West Brom's game with Manchester United on Saturday.
Di Matteo is already without the suspended Gonzalo Jara and Gabriel Tamas, and the injured Jonas Olsson, for the game and is now sweating over the fitness of Scharner.
The Austrian sat out training on Thursday due to illness and Di Matteo will hope Scharner recovers in time for Saturday's lunchtime kick-off at The Hawthorns.
With Jara banned, Steven Reid is likely to come into the team at right-back and he is looking forward to facing the current Premier League leaders.
"These are the games that you want to be involved in, and that's why you play football," said Reid.
"The team as a whole has matured over the last couple of years and the last Premier League campaign.
"All of the players are a couple of years older now and I think the performances have shown that.
"You've got players who've been in this situation before so everyone's a bit more experienced."
Di Matteo's men have lost their last three league matches, something the Baggies boss feels has affected the players at the club.
"The mood is obviously not the best, because we've come from a couple of bad results," he said.
"We need to draw a line under it, look forward and try to pick ourselves up."