Alan Pardew is hopeful Daniel Sturridge’s latest injury is not too bad, but nevertheless he admitted the West Brom striker was “distraught”.
Sturridge signed on loan from Liverpool last month, but his return to Chelsea lasted only three minutes after he was forced off injured.
The England man, who was making his second start for the Baggies, went down under pressure from Chelsea defender Cesar Azpilicueta and had to be replaced by Jay Rodriguez.
Pardew said: “We’ve got to hope Daniel’s injury isn’t too bad.
“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.”
While he told Sky Sports he was hopeful the injury was not serious.
“We are hoping it is not that bad. It happened very early in the game, but we don’t think it is a tear.
“It seems to be a strain, which will probably keep him out of the FA Cup game. Hopefully, fingers crossed, in a couple of weeks he’ll be OK.”
The Baggies are now heading 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.”
Last night’s 3-0 defeat to Chelsea means West Brom remain bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety and five shy of 19th-placed Stoke with only 11 games to play.