IRELAND international Shane Long will play through the pain barrier this weekend but will be constantly monitored by West Brom medical staff, according to Baggies assistant boss Keith Downing.
Long has been forced to take painkilling injections ahead of a number of Premier League appearances this season, but West Brom are anxious not to do lasting damage to their star striker.
“You've got to be cautious with it (Long's injury to his back),” Downing said.
“It's one where you don't want to make it any worse. “We've got a good set of medical people here and they are very diligent in what they do.
“We have to be wary, but in saying that, Shane is a key player and has had a very good start to his Albion career.
“We'd like him back as soon as we can, but equally we have to be very careful and very watchful if it is going to affect him long term. “If it doesn't he'll be in contention.
“There are one or two players who play through injuries. Shane is particularly one of those and sometimes you have to have an honest conversation with him.
“How effective will he be if he has got a lingering injury? “In fairness, Shane is a lad who always wants to get out on the field and will play with a slight knock. “He has a very good attitude to do that.”
Long has scored five Premier League goals in an injury hit start to the season and has become a fans’ favourite at the Hawthorns.