West Brom sweat on Liam Ridgewell ahead of Aston Villa showdown

West Bromwich Albion were today facing a derby-day defensive crisis after an injury to Liam Ridgewell completed a miserable Capital One Cup defeat by Liverpool.

Liam Ridgewell
Liam Ridgewell

Boss Steve Clarke is sweating on the fitness of three full-backs ahead of his fourth-placed side’s trip to Villa after Ridgewell limped out of last night’s 2-1 Hawthorns defeat with a sore calf.

The former Villa man is now a doubt for Sunday’s visit to his former club with Steven Reid (hamstring) and Goran Popov (groin) still battling for fitness, leaving Billy Jones as the only senior full-back certain to be available.

Clarke said: “I’ve not had an in-depth analysis of Liam’s injury. He felt something on his calf and he went off.

“The full-back areas are a concern for the weekend. We’ll assess what we’ve got today and if I can get one or two from the treatment room onto the training pitch I’ll do that. If not, we’ll just deal with it.

“It would be a blow to lose Liam because he’s played every game for us and he’s one of the steady players in the team.

“It would be disappointing for Liam to miss the Villa game – and it would certainly be disappointing for us as well.”

The Baggies bowed out of the Capital One Cup at the third-round stage as on-loan Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin scored twice for Liverpool after Gabriel Tamas had fired the hosts ahead on three minutes.

Goalkeeper Ben Foster’s error handed Sahin his first goal as the Albion No.1 conceded at The Hawthorns for the first time in seven appearances – a run stretching back to March.

Clarke said: “It’s unusual for Ben. It’s not even worth having an in-depth discussion about it. It doesn’t happen very often and we move on.

“We said we’d ‘have a go’ and we certainly started that way but I think their goal sort of knocked the stuffing out of us a little bit.

“Maybe it was because it was such a soft goal to lose.

“After it became 1-1, they were better, passed it better, and we sat off them too much.

“The second half was much better, we got about them and pressed to make a game of it. The second half could have gone either way.”

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Comments for: "West Brom sweat on Liam Ridgewell ahead of Aston Villa showdown"

Robin Brittain

The fact that the article considers that Billy Jones may be the only full back available is concerning and also inaccurate. As far as I know Jara - Reyes is still at the club and surely could take the place of the error ridden Jones. If there is a reason why Steve Clarke won't play Jara then Tamas could play at right back. The left hand side is more problematical if Ridgewell and Popov are both out. Perhaps Chris Brunt could provide emergency cover.

Last nights performance showed just how dependent we are on Morrison,Odemwigie and Jacob. Liverpool have some talented kids but really we should have done much better against a team full of inexperienced youngsters.


Tamas has also operated at fullback in the past so not quite a crisis is it!?

Kev in Mallorca

Kids who last time out came from behind to win in Europe 5-3!


Article is right about Jara, because he is also injured.

ockerhill baggie

i hope foster dosent get carsoned, we all make mistakes.

still we have only villians to beat next time, fresh start


No of course he won't.

1954 baggie

Thought we had em the ropes at start we might have had

more than the one goal but the rare slip by Foster gave them

the impetus to outplay us, mainly because we stood off them.

No doubt they have some very talented fringe players especially

SAHIN who will surely become a regular first teamer.

Pressure at the end nearly brought an equaliser but we didnt

need another 30 mns. This Liverpool side will stretch most teams

Hope we get tighter to Villa otherwise we'll struggle.


Surely K.Downing should be telling Clake last night that Tamas would be a better

bet at right back than Dawson, If Reid, Ridgewll, and Papov are injured then Clarke

must go with Jara-Reyes at right back against Villa.


The more I see of Billy Jones the more I am convinced he is not in the same class as the rest of the defence. He does not have the cool head needed to avoid penalties and usually looks like he is struggling to keep with the guy he is meant to be defending. Having said that we had umpteen attacks that were stifled by a final ball that was good and creative but not quite good enough to make the score sheet sing.

Last night was a massive lost opportunity to show Liverpool we are no pushover by beating them again and so have Villa quaking in their boots for Sunday - if we can get our best team out then we can show these jokers that we are indeed the best local team at present. COYB


Jara Reyes at right back and Jones at left back if they are all injured. The last time I saw Tamas at right back he was skinned every time by a quick winger and the likes of Agbonlahor would murder him for pace. It would be a pity if we lost Ridgewell, hes been solid and his extra height in both boxes is useful, as is Reid's.

Brummie roader Ryan

Reply to Kev in Majorca in case it doesn't get through on the match report.


I don't think im an 'expert' as you say.

We have got to have our critics or the site would be full of boring 'happy clappers'

This site is for opinions and you don't seem to like other peoples.

Boing boing.

Brummie roader Ryan

Fron the Liverpool match report.

Kev fair enough mate I apologize.

Bully Hoo I was one of the that criticized Morrison at one point.

Maybe it was because he was put on the wing all the time where he wasn't comfortable?

He looks a lot better playing in 'the hole'

But like a said before fair play to the lad for being consistent week after week he is now one of our best players and one of my favourite players.

Reminds me of Dorrans when he was at his best in the championship.

I know sometimes I criticize players after a match we have lost I blame that on my emotions I am not fickle at all.

Its just to let off the steam, a knee jerk reaction some would say.

I just want to see the Albion win and the players to do best they can.

I know Billy Jones does his best and it's not his fault he gets picked and I do genuinely hope he improves.

Also it was interesting to see Jerome Thomas's comments on twitter.

"Look at what I was just sent. When I'm not playing Left Wingback like last season & given the freedom to attack, this is what I can do! Lol"

Hmm, maybe the bad form he had last year DID have something to do with Hodgson's tactics, a few people have already pointed it out on here.

I know I was a critic of his last year but lets see what he can do in a more attacking role this year.

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