Slaven Bilic: Kieran Gibbs could feature for West Brom in run-in
Slaven Bilic is hopeful Kieran Gibbs will have a role to play in Albion's final run-in after confirming the full-back's injury is not as bad as first feared.
The 30-year-old went down in the first half of West Brom's 4-2 win over Hull with a hamstring issue, and was replaced by Conor Townsend.
The ex-Arsenal man has struggled with injury throughout the season, and has only managed 15 appearances so far this campaign.
There were fears that Gibbs could miss Albion's final five games of the season, but after a scan, Bilic confirmed the injury is not as bad as first feared.
“Nick Davies just told me that he did a scan, Kieran, and it’s extremely minimal - basically there’s almost nothing there,” Bilic said.
“He should be back very soon. I’m not talking Wednesday against Derby, but maybe even the next game - that’s how it looks now.
“That’s the scan, but then you have the other thing - what the player is feeling, but he was quite positive this morning.
“It’s definitely not a big one, and it looks as though we’ll be in a position to use Kieran again this season.”
The Baggies face Derby on Wednesday, before they travel to Blackburn this weekend. Following that, they face Fulham and Huddersfield before ending the season against QPR.