Injury expert reveals how long before Byran fully fit to play major West Brom role
It could still be a number of weeks before Kean Bryan is ready to play a big role for West Brom.
That is according to injury expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in medicine as well as data analysis.
Bryan made his debut for his new club as a 90th-minute substitute during Albion’s 2-1 win over Queens Park Rangers on 24 September.
The centre-half signed for the Baggies on a free transfer on 7 September after he quit Sheffield United over the summer.
Bryan has had no pre-season and his only football in 2021-22 bar his one-minute appearance against QPR has been with Albion’s under-23.
And Dinnery claims that it could be some time before the 24-year-old centre-back is ready to play week in, week out for West Brom.
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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “Typically, a pre-season training programme will last between four and six weeks.
“That’s how long it takes to get a player ready, but Bryan may be looking at a more condensed programme.
“He has had minutes with the under-23s and now the first-team, but you don’t want to risk players unnecessarily.
“Soft tissue and muscular problems are most common when players are fatigued. At the moment, West Brom don’t necessarily need to take that risk.
“At the moment, it is all about making small steps. After that, they can start thinking about introducing him to a more significant role.
“There is no definitive timeline because players respond in different ways.”