Chris Brunt and Billy Jones to sit out West Bromwich Albion's weekend fixture
West Bromwich Albion boss Steve Clarke has confirmed that Chris Brunt and Billy Jones have added to his injury woes.
Last Updated: 04/10/12 5:10pm
The pair picked up hamstring and knee problems respectively during a derby date with Aston Villa on Sunday.
Brunt and Jones have failed to shake off the knocks and will now be forced to sit out Saturday's Premier League clash with Queens Park Rangers.
Clarke was already set to be without Boaz Myhill (hand) and Steven Reid (hamstring) and has challenged those still at his disposal to help plug the gaps in his starting XI.
He said: "We gave quite a positive injury bulletin mid-week but unfortunately this game has come too quickly for some people.
"Myhill, Reid, Jones and Brunt won't be fit. We are missing a few bodies.
"Hopefully it won't affect us at all because we've shown this year that we have a good squad. We've utilised the squad well.
"The players that have come in off the bench have always made a really positive contribution and we hope that will continue this weekend."
Jerome Thomas is another set to miss out this weekend, with the winger having seen his return from a number of niggling ailments pushed back by illness.
Clarke added: "He started training this week but unfortunately the last two days he's been off ill.
"He's had a terrible time since I came here with one injury after another.
"All those have cleared up. Unfortunately he fell ill during the week and we are hopeful next week we can start right from the beginning and get some good work into Jerome."