West Brom will miss Brunt against efficient Swans

To be played on Saturday 15th March 2014 at 15:00. Venue: Liberty Stadium, Swansea.

Chris Brunt is set to be a huge loss for West Bromwich Albion over the coming weeks, not least this weekend when the Baggies travel to Swansea City.

Brunt is set to miss the rest of the season through a knee injury he sustained against Manchester United last Saturday, and statistics show his creativity will be a huge loss to the already vulnerable midlands outfit.

The 29-year-old has whipped in a total of 163 crosses so far this season, averaging more than seven per game. He holds the most assists in Albion’s declining campaign, and will be severely missed this weekend against the hugely accurate Swansea City.

The Welsh side have racked up in excess of 14,000 accurate passes so far this season, the highest in the Premier League. The figure leaves them more than 5,000 passes ahead of their weekend opponents, who sit outside the relegation places on goal difference.

Brunt’s injury not only rings alarm bells on the creativity front for Albion, but also means they have lost their on-field captain. Jonas Olsson will more than likely take over the armband but questions over his form of late suggest it will be difficult for the fans to look to him as leader of this win-starved side.

Albion are now left struggling in the central midfield department, with Claudio Yacob also missing the Swansea trip. James Morrison is expected to partner Youssouf Mulumbu in the middle, while Scott Sinclair could earn a start against his former side. Injuries to Billy Jones and Steven Reid also leave West Brom problems at right-back, with Craig Dawson the man most likely to fill the gap.

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