West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has confirmed that the club have been dealt a fresh injury blow, with key defender Jonny Evans expected to be "out for a while", according to the Birmingham Mail.
The former Manchester United centre-back had only recently returned after time on the sidelines earlier in February due to a hamstring injury and looked to have shaken off the problem.
However, he appeared to aggravate the injury in the FA Cup fifth-round defeat to Championship side Reading this weekend, and could now be set for another extended spell out of action.
Albion are already thin on the ground at the back, with fellow defenders Craig Dawson and Gareth McAuley currently unavailable, and Pulis admitted that he fears the worst after Evans' latest setback.
The Baggies manager said, as quoted by the Birmingham Mail: "[Evans] is going to be out for a while again. Obviously we've missed Dawson and McAuley again, [and with] Jonny going again that's three of your back four."
Evans has been a key player for Pulis during his first season at The Hawthorns when he has managed to maintain his fitness, playing in 21 of Albion's 26 Premier League matches.
The 28-year-old's absence will only exacerbate the issues that the Birmingham club already have at the back, with their defensive frailties having been exposed in the limp defeat at the Madejski Stadium.
Albion are currently 14th in the Premier League table, eight points clear of the relegation zone.