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Sunderland v West Brom: Who's out and who's a doubt

No sooner have Albion and Carlos Corberan welcomed attackers back to the fold, others have been removed from contention.

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Jed Wallace took a hit from defender Mark McGuinness inside two minutes at Cardiff, where he tried to play on until the 20th minute when he had to withdraw (Photo by Adam Fradgley/West Bromwich Albion FC via Getty Images).

The Baggies have been rocked this week by news of Matt Phillips' latest injury setback – with the winger forecast for a lengthy lay-off due to a hamstring tear.

He is not Albion's only absence ahead of a busy period of games, with others to spend time on the sidelines while influential midfielder Okay Yokuslu will miss Saturday's trip to Sunderland's Stadium of Light with a one-match ban due to five yellow cards.

After Jeremy Sarmiento, John Swift and Josh Maja all recently returned from injuries to feature, we outline the latest state of play with the availability at Corberan's disposal:

Matt Phillips – hamstring

The devastating severity of Phillips' muscle setback was revealed yesterday as a 3cm hamstring tear, affecting 50 per cent of the tendon, too.

The 32-year-old's latest injury setback rules him out for four months. He is not projected back until April – where hopefully he can play a part in the final month of the season, and potential play-offs that could follow...