West Brom news: Valerien Ismael facing 'big miss' after confirmed setback

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Luke Hatfield has said that Alex Mowatt would be a "big miss" for West Brom if the injury he suffered against Stoke on Friday forces him to spend time on the sidelines.

In the latter stages of the game at the Bet365 Stadium, the Baggies midfielder sustained a foot problem and was replaced by Jayson Molumby.

What happened against Stoke?

West Brom made the relatively short trip to the Potteries knowing that three points would not only extend their unbeaten start to the campaign but would ensure they went into the international break top of the Championship table.

However, Valerien Ismael's side were unable to build on recent victories over Queens Park Rangers and Cardiff and turned in one of their worst performances of the season to slip to their first league defeat under the Frenchman.

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ENTER GIVEAWAY

The Baggies were initially thankful for a combination of some poor Stoke finishing and excellent Sam Johnstone goalkeeping, with the England shotstopper's best moment coming when he saved Sam Surridge's second-half penalty.

Despite Johnstone's heroics, Nick Powell scored a 79th-minute winner to ensure their trip to Stoke was a wasted one, made worse moments later when Mowatt was forced off through injury.

It's not yet clear how long the midfielder will spend out, if any, but Hatfield knows it'll be a huge blow for West Brom should that be the case.

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What did Hatfield say?

He told GIVEMESPORT: "It'll be a big miss. It was a foot injury and Ismael wasn't thrilled by the sounds of it because Mowatt's normally the type of player that plays through injuries.

"If he's picked up a knock, he'll manage himself very well, he's not the type of player to shy away from playing with minor niggles."

Why would it be a major for blow West Brom?

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You don't have to look much further than Mowatt's goals against Blackburn and Cardiff to know what kind of quality Albion would be missing if he's set for a spell out.

He's been influential in the middle of the park since arriving from Barnsley and has the highest WhoScored rating of any of West Brom's midfielders or attackers this season (7.24).

It's not yet even confirmed if he'll miss any action and Ismael will be hoping that the international break will work in their favour and give Mowatt every chance of being fit for their Midlands derby with Birmingham on Friday week.

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