Reports from the training ground are suggesting that neither Winston Reid or James Collins will be fit to return and that the Senegal midfielder is booked to continue his impressive run at the back.
Indeed, one highly placed insider told ClaretandHugh: “It could be argued on the last couple of games that he may even be a better central defender than he is a midfielder.
“It demonstrates again just how successful the summer buying policy was – Cheik was a magnificent buy at £7 million.”
The starting line up remains an open question following Sam Allardyce’s bizarre decision to play all four strikers against Southampton in a match which saw Andy Carroll injured and facing a six week lay off.
We were told: “Everybody wants to see Diafra and Enner together but after the bizarre decision to start Carlton Cole at St Mary’s and eventually playing all four front men who knows?
“However, there’s a strong view that West Brom boss Tony Pulis will have more problems planning on how to cope with a strike force led by ‘Sak’ and Enner than one led by Andy whom he knows all about from past experience.”