West Brom's fading survival prospects have suffered a further setback, with Gareth Barry set to miss their weekend game against Leicester.
Veteran former England midfielder Barry has been one of the few solid performers at Albion this term, with 25 appearances. But he had to sit out the Baggies’ sixth successive defeat, at Watford, last weekend with a knee injury.
Boss Alan Pardew is now preparing for the visit of Leicester, but MirrorSport understands Barry is unlikely to be fit for Saturday's match.
It is a blow for Pardew — Barry, 37, is the all-time leading Premier League appearance holder with 653 games. He has completed 927 passes this term with a passing accuracy of 76%.
But his form has suffered since being one of four senior players to apologise for breaking a curfew in Spain, where they allegedly stole a taxi during a warm-weather training camp.
He has been subbed in both appearances since, but could be fit for next weekend's away game at Bournemouth.
Pardew has only one win in 15 Premier League games since taking charge in November as Albion have slumped from just above the relegation places to bottom of the table, eight points adrift of fourth-last Southampton.Read More
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But he would point out he has been unable to select either of crocked duo Nacer Chadli and James Morrison throughout his reign.
In addition, Liverpool and England striker Daniel Sturridge played just 78 minutes for the Baggies after arriving on loan in January before suffering a hamstring injury.
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