Barnett and Moore add to injury woes

Last updated : 19 January 2009 By Site Editor

Tony Mowbray has revealed he won't be dipping into the transfer market after Leon Barnett and Luke Moore both suffered hamstring injuries during the 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough.

Barnett's injury, coupled with absence of Jonas Olsson (knee), Abdoulaye Meite (hamstring), Gianni Zuiverloon (knee) and Neil Clement (knee), has seen the Baggies down to the bare-bones defensively ahead of Albion's FA Cup fourth round tie against Burnley on Saturday (KO 3pm).

However, despite the defensive injuries, Mowbray has decided to give fringe players their chance instead of temporary bolstering his backline.

"I'm pretty sure that Meite will be back within a fortnight and hopefully Jonas will be back in less time than that or at least at the same time," the Baggies boss said optimistically.

"Gianni could train today and, as we saw at Bolton, he can play centre-half if needs be.

"Therefore, I don't think we'll be looking at bringing another centre-half in.

"Hopefully, the injured players' transition back to full training will be smooth and there are no set-backs.

"It's not ideal at the moment, especially when we've got Clem out long term as well.

"Having Clement, Meite, Barnett, Olsson and Zuiverloon all unavailable really does stretch things."