West Bromwich Albion have been dealt a major injury blow after it emerged Dara O’Shea could be out for up to six months with a fractured ankle.
The defender sustained the injury in a nasty collision with Portugal forward Diogo Jota in Ireland’s 2-1 defeat in the Algarve last week and had to be helped off the pitch by medical staff.
The extent of the injury has now been confirmed, and it’s bad news for the Baggies, who have confirmed the 22-year-old will need an operation and will be out of action for between four and six months.
West Brom have confirmed the free transfer of Kean Bryan to help deal with their current defensive injury problems.
Bryan, 24, has been drafted in to help Valerien Ismael cope without key men Matt Clarke (hamstring) and Dara O’Shea (ankle).
Manchester City academy graduate Bryan left Sheffield United after three years at Bramall Lane at the end of last season, following their relegation – alongside Albion – from the Premier League.
Bryan made just 13 league appearances for the Blades, all of them coming in his final year in the top flight, but he failed to agree fresh terms and left the Yorkshire club at the end of the campaign.
Blades fan verdict
Tom : Difficult to give a proper judgement. He didn’t play in his first 2 seasons here but played quite a few games last season when were plagued with injuries. Was pretty decent in those games. Some of our fans wanted him to sign a new deal, some couldn’t care less. Solid back up imo.
Carlton Blade: Did ok last year to say he’d never played. Has a very good left foot, puts good crosses in. Scored at Old Trafford. Keen Brain is an excellent play on his name. His wife is famous.
Kozzy_Is_My_Dad: I simply wish him well whilst also not being disappointed that we’re exploring other options.
Bush Blade: Decent player who’s suffered from lack of game time due to injuries etc. Given a run in a team I think he’ll do well somewhere. But it’s not a position where we’re short and probably better for all that he’s not taken up the contract offer.
The new man speaks
West Brom’s new arrival Kean Bryan has confirmed that Albion had put the feelers out as regards to his availability at the beginning of the summer.
Bryan, 24, has agreed a two-year deal after securing a move to The Hawthorns on a free transfer following the completion of the transfer window.
He joins as cover for the injured defensive pairing of Matt Clarke and Dara O’Shea and will help Valerien Ismael to suitably fill the gap left by the aforementioned pair on the left hand side of Albion’s back three.
While the move in the close season didn’t come about, Albion’s interest in the free agent didn’t entirely diminish and upon O’Shea’s injury, picked up on international duty, they contacted Bryan’s representatives and a deal was struck.
Kean Bryan is a West Bromwich Albion player.
The versatile defender has signed on the dotted line for at least the next two years at The Hawthorns and broadens Valerien Ismael’s options amid something of an injury crisis on the left side of defence.
He could even be thrown straight in to make his debut this Saturday, if deemed to be ready by Ismael and Albion’s staff, but the player himself is looking ahead after securing his own, foreseeable, future.
Bryan, who is still only 24, played just 13 league games for Sheffield United – his debut was against Albion at The Hawthorns in November last year – had actually arrived in the summer of 2018, when the Baggies and the Blades did battle at the top of the Championship.
West Brom return to action against Millwall this Saturday as the Championship restarts following the international break.
Albion have four wins on the spin going into their Hawthorns double header – they also welcome Derby County four days later – and the challenge has already been laid down by Valerien Ismael to his players – can they open up a gap between themselves and the chasing pack below them?
While nothing has yet been confirmed, Dara O’Shea will miss out. He returned to Albion on Friday after suffering what appeared to be a nasty looking ankle injury while away with Ireland on international duty against Portugal. Once the swelling around his ankle subsides this week, O’Shea will be fully examined and the length of time that he will be sidelined for will be determined.