West Brom manager Alan Pardew has described Daniel Sturridge as “distraught” after he limped out of Monday night’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea after just three minutes.
A hamstring injury claimed the injury-prone on-loan Liverpool striker.
“It was a blow to lose Daniel Sturridge on his first run into the corner. That didn’t give us the perfect start. In many ways we’ve done a decent job tonight but it sums up the season for us,” said Pardew.
“We can’t seem to get the goals to get us the win. Daniel’s injury will be important now – getting him back.
“We’re hoping it’s not too bad. We don’t think it is a tear or anything. It will probably keep him out of the FA Cup game.
“He’ll have to have a scan. He’s worked hard this week and we’d given him plenty of rest today. Maybe it’s a bit of adrenaline, a 60m run into the corner… when you see the chances we had tonight, that was disappointing. He was distraught.
“The way he’s worked at our place has been of the highest order. He’s absolutely devastated because he wants this period to be a success for himself and for West Brom.
“In training he was really sharp. Not many strikers can score goals like he can from tight areas, as [Eden] Hazard did today. It might have made the difference.”
A shame for Daniel Sturridge, injured before Alan Pardew got the chance to try him out at left back.
— Jonny Sharples (@JonnyGabriel) February 12, 2018
Defeat means West Brom remain bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety and five behind 19th-placed Stoke, the club closest to them, with only 11 games to play.
They next head to Spain for some warm-weather training, and Pardew added: “Some sun on our backs; a bit of resolve. The only people who are going to believe we can (survive) is ourselves. A bit of that, a bit of team building and a lot of hard work as well.”