‘It’s a concern’ – Bruce shares fitness update on West Brom defender Kyle Bartley

West Brom supervisor Steve Bruce has revealed that Baggies defender Kyle Bartley is in hospital with a virus.

Bartley, 30, was absent from West Brom’s 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United final night time.

It was Bruce’s first recreation in cost and two targets from Billy Sharp would sink the Baggies, who drop down into ninth with the defeat.

Bartley’s absence was evident, and Bruce has revealed that the Englishman is presently in hospital with a virus – although Bruce confused that Bartley isn’t affected by Covid.

He advised Birmingham World after final night time’s recreation:

“Bartley sadly on the minute is in hospital. We’re hoping it’s clearly nothing too critical however he’s received some type of bug – not Covid, we’ve checked for that.

“But he’s received some type of virus which, we’ll see, we’ll see how he’s. It’s a priority, in fact, however he’s in the suitable place.

“There was concern sufficient to get him checked over completely as a result of he had an enormous temperature spike yesterday which wasn’t nice.”

Bartley is in his fourth season at The Hawthorns. In every of his 4 campaigns on the membership he’s been a standout participant, having performed 27 occasions within the Championship this season.

Bruce’s defensive woes…

Last night time at Bramall Lane, Bruce’s West Brom facet appeared shaky all through. Jake Livermore’s first half pink card clearly didn’t assist the Baggies’ trigger, however the likes of Semi Ajayo and Matt Clarke appeared unreliable on the again – Ajayi particularly.

Bartley is a key participant on this facet, and Bruce in addition to Baggies followers will probably be praying that Bartley’s state of affairs isn’t too critical and that he’s in a position to return to the squad within the close to future.

Elsewhere, the likes of Dara O’Shea look to be closing in on a return to health following his prolonged spell on the sidelines, with Daryl Dike attributable to return subsequent month as effectively.

Things look dangerous for West Brom in the meanwhile however Bruce’s choices will probably be bolstered within the coming weeks, and so promotion can’t but be dominated out.

Up subsequent for the Baggies is a house recreation v Blackburn Rovers subsequent week.


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