West Brom v Peterborough FA Cup replay team news

Date published: Tuesday 9th February 2016 11:21

Jonny Evans: West Brom defender misses Manchester United game

West Brom could have just three fit defenders for their FA Cup fourth-round replay at Peterborough on Wednesday night.

Jonny Evans (hamstring) is a major doubt while Jonas Olsson (hamstring), Gareth McAuley (thigh) and Craig Dawson (ankle) all suffered injuries in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Newcastle and will be assessed.

It means the Baggies could have just outcasts James Chester, Sebastien Pocognoli and Cristian Gamboa available at the back.

Chris Brunt (calf) is also a doubt while James Morrison (hamstring) and Callum McManaman (ankle) will miss out, along with Tottenham loanee Alex Pritchard, who is ineligible.

League One side Peterborough twice came from behind to draw 2-2 at The Hawthorns on January 30 to force the Baggies to return to London Road.

Posh are the second highest scorers in the Football League, behind League One promotion rivals Gillingham, but they will have to make changes against the Baggies.

Jack Baldwin is rated 50-50 to return from a back injury for Posh, while Gabriel Zakuani could start after returning to fitness and Marcus Maddison is available after missing last Saturday’s win over Chesterfield through illness.

Defenders Michael Smith and Ricardo Santos are suspended after being sent off in the League One contest.

Tom Nichols, Jordan Nicholson, Aaron Williams and Callum Chettle are cup tied and former Baggies player Adil Nabi is ineligible under the terms of his move.

Posh boss Graham Westley is in confident mood and believes the cup is “ideal” for his side.

“The cup is ideal for a club like ours,” Westley said.

“It is a cup that rewards teams that play with flair, imagination, an attacking mentality, some devil. We’ve got all of that about us.

“That’s the game that we like to play. And if you’re brave and you’re attacking, you play open and you want to entertain, the FA Cup is definitely a competition that gives to you.

“We have to make sure that we score goals. We’re a side that will concede.

“We place our emphasis on scoring goals. Our work is on our pattern, our players, our routes to goal, making sure we get back to being the highest scorers in the country.”

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