Baggies face injury headache

West Brom boss face injury crisis ahead of FA Cup tie

Mowbray: Faces tough selection issues

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West Brom manager Tony Mowbray has an injury crisis ahead of the club's FA Cup fourth-round tie at home to Burnley.

Any hopes Mowbray had of rotating his players on Saturday in preparation for the visit of champions Manchester United next Tuesday have been crushed.

The former Hibernian boss is already without striker Ishmael Miller and defender Neil Clement for the rest of the season with their respective knee injuries but gradually the list has grown.

Centre-halves Jonas Olsson (knee), Abdoulaye Faye (hamstring) and Leon Barnett (hamstring) are sidelined as well as full-back Gianni Zuiverloon (knee).

The Baggies' injury problems do not stop there with midfielder James Morrison and striker Luke Moore both out with hamstring injuries.


Morrison, who picked up the injury in the 2-1 derby day defeat to Aston Villa, is on the road to recovery after he started running again in training on Wednesday.

The former Middlesbrough man has impressed this season, prompting a £3million bid from Bolton earlier this month, and is hoping to be fit for the trip to Hull next week.

"The hamstring is getting there," Morrison said.

"I've done my first bit of running and considering the injury only happened the weekend before last it felt good.

"The plan is to have a full week's training and the away game at Hull remains the target."

The Baggies will be hoping that their Championship opponents on Saturday will be feeling the effects of playing 120 minutes against Tottenham in their Carling Cup semi-final just three days prior to their fourth-round match.