West Brom trio return but James Morrison and Nacer Chadli out for a month
James Morrison and Nacer Chadli are both sidelined until the middle of February, Albion boss Alan Pardew has confirmed.
Morrison has been out since September with an Achilles problem, but suffered a set-back to his recovery around the New Year.
Pardew has now put a time-frame on his return, but is not expecting him back for 'four to five' weeks.
Chadli pulled a muscle 16 minutes into his return from injury during the 3-1 defeat at Stoke City and is also due back around a similar time.
However, Matt Phillips, Craig Dawson, and skipper Jonny Evans are all available for tomorrow's clash with Brighton after missing last weekend's FA Cup third round match with Exeter City.
Left-back Kieran Gibbs, who limped off early on in that game, is also expected to play. And because of that, Pardew says his team have no excuses going into the game.
"Morrison and Chadli definitely won’t be available," he said. "They won’t be available for another for four or five weeks.
"Morrison had a setback a couple of weeks ago. With an Achilles we can’t take a chance. That’s a blow to use because those are two creative forces that have weakened our squad.
"I’ve not had them since I’ve been here apart from Chadli for about 20 minutes at Stoke, probably less than that.
"Everybody else is fit. We’ve had a week to prepare for this game – we’ve got no excuses going into it."
Albion host Brighton in a crucial clash at The Hawthorns tomorrow off the back of their first win in more than four months.
However, they are still 20 games without a win in the Premier League and Pardew is desperate to give the 'patient' Baggies fans something to cheer.
"Our home games are going to decide our fate," said Pardew. "Since I've been here the level of performances at home has been strong.
"We've had some tough games - Arsenal, United, Everton - but this is an opportunity to get the sequence we've got coming up at home off to the right start.
"I haven’t won in the Premier League with this group of players. I really like this group of players.
"I’m desperate for them to win. I’m doing everything I can to try and put ideas and thoughts into them that they can exercise and give our fans something to cheer about.
"They’ve been incredibly patient our fans. Just locally here I’ve tried to get them in a good place because we’re begging them really.
"We’ve got no right with the results we’ve had. We’re begging them to come and make a lot of noise and hopefully we’ll deliver what they want."