Carlos Corberán has revealed he expects to be without Matty Phillips for around four months.
The Baggies No.10 suffered a hamstring injury during the first-half of Saturday’s Sky Bet Championship clash with Leicester City at The Hawthorns.
The boss admits it’s a “pity” to lose a man who has played such a crucial role in Albion’s impressive start to the 2023/24 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Carlos said: “Unfortunately, Matty has suffered an important injury. The tendon in his hamstring has been damaged, as has the muscle.
“He has been speaking with the consultant to see if we need to proceed with surgery or not.
“The decision to have surgery is about the risk. The timing will not make too much difference.
“He will be out of the team for the next four months.
“He’s a very well-respected player because he’s an example for every single player in the squad. He works so hard to prevent injuries. He’s always one of the first in the building and one of the last out at night.
“Sometimes, injuries are part of football and we have to accept it.
“It’s such a pity because he loves being part of the group and he loves football. He is going to suffer a lot in this period of time, being out of the group.
“He’s an important player for the group and the rest of the players are really disappointed for him.”