Gareth Barry will have a knee operation next week which will rule him out for the remainder of the season.
Albion’s former England midfielder has been troubled by a knee problem since the beginning of March and has now decided to undergo surgery in order he be fit for the 2019-20 campaign.
Barry has turned in a string of acclaimed performances for the Baggies this season and is hugely disappointed he will not be able to feature in the Sky Bet Championship finale.
The news was confirmed by caretaker Head Coach Jimmy Shan today and Barry said: “It’s a massive disappointment for me but I just have to accept I need the surgery.
“I have tried to manage the injury in order to see the campaign through to the finishing line but it’s just not been possible.
“But I’ll be backing the boys all the way. Promotion is still very much the focus and I’ll be around to offer what ever help I can from the sidelines.
“Having the operation now means I should be ready for pre-season training. I have enjoyed my football this season and still feel I have a lot to offer.”