West Brom's Steve Bruce: Daryl Dike 'devastated' by 'bad luck'

Daryl Dike missed West Bromwich Albion's match against Watford on Monday with a thigh injury picked up at practice on Sunday.

West Brom is awaiting the results of the scan but its manager, Steve Bruce, was concerned.

“It’s a frustration for us all and the boy,” said Bruce after the 1-1 tie with Watford. “He’s young, 22, and desperate to go to the World Cup with his nation, and he’s worked tirelessly to get his hamstring right Yesterday, he kicked a ball and felt something in his thigh, which didn’t look very good. We’re hoping it’s not too bad, but from my experience, it’s bad enough with how he pulled up. He knew straight away. He’s devastated like all of us. He’s popular with the supporters because of how he plays and how he is. It’s bad luck. You’ve got a 22-year-old who’s never been injured, and he comes here and picks up three since January.”

Dike moved to The Hawthorns from Orlando City in January after impressing with Barnsley (nine goals in 21 games) on loan in 2021. But he was injured in his second match for the Baggies in January and suffered a second injury in April.

He made his first appearance in more than six months off the bench in the 1-1 tie at Middlesbrough on the opening day of the Championship.

Dike's recent injury history prompted Bruce and his staff to bring him back slowly, though the striker had a promising pre-season campaign.

The Oklahoman has three goals in eight appearances for the USA. He was part of the team that won the 2021 Gold Cup but did not play in the World Cup 2022 qualifying campaign.

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