Albion won't bolster defence

19 January 2009 01:45
West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Mowbray has played down the need to bolster his injury-ravaged defence during the transfer window. The Baggies secured a 3-0 victory over Middlesbrough at the weekend despite the absence through injury of Jonas Olsson (knee), Abdoulaye Meite (hamstring), Gianni Zuiverloon (knee) and Neil Clement (knee). Fellow defender Leon Barnett limped off with a hamstring injury in the first half, but Mowbray is not looking to make any emergency signings before the window closes at the beginning of next month. "In every game, you've got to ride your luck a little bit and I think in the first half we did on Saturday," he told the club's official website. "But still, a clean sheet is a clean sheet. You've got to work very, very hard for them in the Premier League because the opposition have quality players. "I'm delighted for everyone we managed to win. I'm pretty sure that Meite will be back within a fortnight and hopefully Jonas will be back in less time than that or at least at the same time. "Gianni could train today and, as we saw at Bolton, he can play centre-half if needs be. "Therefore, I don't think we'll be looking at bringing another centre-half in. "Hopefully, the injured players' transition back to full training will be smooth and there are no setbacks. "It's not ideal at the moment, especially when we've got Clem out long term as well. "Having Clement, Meite, Barnett, Olsson and Zuiverloon all unavailable really does stretch things."

Source: ESA