West Brom are sweating on the fitness of Chris Brunt for Saturday’s clash with Swansea after the captain pulled out of training again.
The winger sat out Saturday’s defeat at Chelsea with an ankle ligament injury picked up in the victory over Sunderland at the Hawthorns.
And the Northern Ireland international was forced to abort an attempted return to training on Monday.
Boss Steve Clarke said: “We thought Chris would train yesterday but he trained on Monday and still felt something. We have our fingers crossed that he’ll train later this week.
"He and Shane Long both twisted their ankles against Sunderland. Shane was still feeling a bit on Saturday at Chelsea but he’s fine.”
Clarke revealed a number of other Baggies players are nursing minor injuries but they are all expected to be fit to face the Swans.
“Claudio Yacob has a knock and hasn’t trained, but should be fine,” said the Hawthorns head coach.
“Steven Reid has a knock and hasn’t trained this week but should also be OK.
“Jonas Olsson didn’t train on Monday, but trained yesterday and Youssouf Mulumbu had a migraine but he’s fine now. Hopefully everyone will be fine tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Clarke has repeated his reluctance to allow Jerome Thomas out on loan despite continued interest from Blackburn manager Michael Appleton.
The former Hawthorns coach is keeping tabs on the winger, who almost moved to Ewood Park on transfer deadline day.
But Clarke said: “The size of the squad dictates everything for us.
“We saw at Stamford Bridge we had 16-year-old Izzy Brown on the bench. We had two players who were unavailable, one suspended (Goran Popov) and one who couldn’t play against his parent club (Romelu Lukaku).
“So the squad was not full of senior players. I would be very, very, very surprised if any senior players left the squad now.”