The Baggies veteran is out of contract at the end of the season but he is set to have an operation so he's "ready for pre-season training".
The 38-year-old midfielder will undergo surgery next week on a knee problem that has plagued him since the start of March.
Barry had been a key player in West Brom's good form in the run-up to Christmas and even though his influence had waned since the turn of the year, it is still a big blow for the playoff-chasing Baggies.
“It’s a massive disappointment for me but I just have to accept I need the surgery," he told the official WBA website. “I have tried to manage the injury in order to see the campaign through to the finishing line but it’s just not been possible.
“But I’ll be backing the boys all the way. Promotion is still very much the focus and I’ll be around to offer what ever help I can from the sidelines. Having the operation now means I should be ready for pre-season training. I have enjoyed my football this season and still feel I have a lot to offer.”
Barry's contract expires at the end of the season (Transfermarkt) and although he has previously stated he wanted to play one more year whilst not elaborating where this would be (Daily Mail), his latest comments relating to pre-season training seem to hint towards an extended stay at B71.
After Albion posted the news on their Twitter feed, some Baggies fans took to the social media platform to have their say:
Incredible performances this season especially popping up when we needed a calm head in the middle, a real loss for the rest of the campaign, all the best for the operationa and wishing you a speedy recovery. #WBA pic.twitter.com/YfhQe6afrs— Rob Paddock (@RobPaddockWBA) April 18, 2019
So sorry to hear this Gareth! You have been immense this season! Hope you recover quickly!!! ⚪️— MrsCarbfairy (@ecarberry1) April 18, 2019
Hope you are feeling tip top soon Barry!— Matt Skeldon (@MattSkeldon_WBA) April 18, 2019
whatever way you look at this GB is a big loss to us . his experience on the pitch would have been invaluable in the PO games— Carl Burkitt (@baggyboy1878) April 18, 2019
Hope it goes well Gareth, you've played with top class and professionalism for us this season— JonW1995 (@JonW1995) April 18, 2019
Albion are currently fourth in the Championship table, nine points clear of seventh-placed Middlesbrough with four games remaining.
They will take on Hull City, Reading, Rotherham United and Derby County in their last regular fixtures of the campaign.
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