Watson blow for Baggies
By Alex Dunn. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
West Brom boss Bryan Robson has confirmed that Steve Watson will not be risked against Manchester United in midweek.
Robson faces his former employers on Wednesday in the Carling Cup but will have to do so without utility man Watson.
The former Newcastle midfielder suffered a hamstring complaint against Middlesbrough on Sunday and will not be risked against United - although Robson is confident the player will be ready for the weekend and Premiership action.
Also on the sidelines is England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland, with Robson again of the opinion that his number one is making progress in the fitness stakes.
''Watson has settled down already but I won't risk him on Wednesday night,'' Robson told Sky Sports News.
''But he should be okay for the weekend. Kirkland trained very well this morning and will be in contention this weekend, or maybe the weekend after.''
Robson admits it will be an emotional experience for him personally on Wednesday, with George Best's death very much at the forefront of his thoughts.
''It will be emotional because George was a good friend and a fantastic player,'' he continued.
''The fans are fantastic with ex-players and they will give him a fantastic send-off, I'm sure of that.
''There's a great tradition between Manchester United and West Brom in cup competitions and hopefully it will be a spectacle for the fans and we can do ourselves justice in getting a good result there.
''I will be emotional, it's a sad loss for anybody but when it is a friend and someone you've played with and against it's a little bit sadder.''