West Brom skipper Chris Brunt is out of Sunday's season finale with Arsenal at the Hawthorns after having his tonsils removed.
With the 10th-placed Baggies in mid-table safety, Brunt has had the procedure now as he is a potential candidate for the Great Britain Olympic squad and he wants to ensure he will be available if required by Stuart Pearce.
There are also doubts over two other key players in leading scorer Peter Odemwingie and winger Jerome Thomas for a match the third-placed Gunners need to win to secure a UEFA Champions League spot.
Albion No.2 Keith Downing confirmed: "We know Chris might be considered for the Great Britain team.
"He has been stop-start with them (the tonsils) so the decision was taken to (remove them) now and it will give someone else the opportunity to play on Sunday."
Odemwingie (leg) and Thomas (illness) are also battling to be fit to face Arsene Wenger's side.
Downing added: "Peter is doing rehab to try and get back before the weekend while Jerome has been out for the past couple of days with a virus."
Sunday's game will be new England boss Roy Hodgson's final match in charge of the Baggies and Downing is still waiting to find out whether he will remain part of Albion's plans after Hodgson's departure.
He said: "I've not spoken personally to anyone. We will review it this summer. I'm a realist."
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