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Carlos Corberán offers fitness latest on Albion trio

Matty Phillips

Carlos Corberán has revealed Matty Phillips will be out of action for “12-16 weeks”.

The winger sustained a thigh injury in the closing stages of the club’s 4-0 win over Chesterfield in an Emirates FA cup third-round replay on Tuesday, January 17.

Phillips is scheduled to have surgery soon and Corberán expects to be without Albion’s No.10 for a period of time. 

The boss also stated midfielder John Swift picked up an ankle injury in training on Wednesday and will be unavailable for Saturday’s trip to Bristol City in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

On a more positive note, Corberán says defender Kyle Bartley is making good progress and will get valuable minutes under his belt in the club’s PL2 clash with Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on Friday night.

John Swift faces one week out injured

Carlos said: “We have the injury to Matty Phillips from the last game in the FA Cup.

“John Swift turned his ankle in training this week, so he’s not going to be available for the game on Saturday.

“It’s not the same type of injury that Matty Phillips has.

“Matty is going to be out for between 12-16 weeks and he’s going to have surgery.

“We expect the injury which John Swift suffered to last about one week from the moment the injury occurred, which was Wednesday. 

“Kyle Bartley has been progressing well. We believe the best way to help him is for him to play some minutes with our Premier League 2 side. He’ll feature against Aston Villa on Friday night.

“It’s a good step in his recovery. 

“We are going to select the players who will give us more possibilities to keep going in the FA Cup on Saturday afternoon.

“This is the main target for us, to keep going. 

“We respect the competition and we know how important it is to our fans. 

“We want to be in the hat for the next round.”

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