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West Brom delivered a selection blow ahead of Blackpool clash

West Bromwich Albion will be without captain Jake Livermore for the next three games after the Baggies have been unsuccessful in their call to have their red card against Huddersfield Town overturned.

Valerian Ismael’s side were left behind for most of the game against the Terriers at John Smith Stadium on Saturday when the flash point occurred involving the Baggies’ number eight in the 78th minute.

Livermore threw a challenge down midfield with the ball in the air and he apparently caught opposition striker Fraizer Campbell in the head.

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That’s the opinion of referee Tim Robinson and he did not hesitate to wave the red card to the 32-year-old.

West Brom was convinced, however, that Livermore’s challenge was not the brandishing of red – but the FA fended off his call pretty quickly.

This means Livermore will miss the club’s next three games, starting with a tough trip to Blackpool tomorrow night where the Baggies hope to end a four-game losing streak on the road.

The verdict

Some West Brom fans won’t think losing Livermore is a blow, as his performances this season have been hit or miss.

But he still adds a lot of experience to a team and a midfielder and we could miss him a lot tomorrow night.

Neither Alex Mowatt nor Jayson Molumby – although clearly technically gifted players – really have Livermore’s ball-winning abilities, so they stand to lose the midfield battle to the Seasiders.

The FA appear to have made the right decision on the red card appeal, so Livermore will have to sit on the sidelines in frustration for the next three games and watch his teammates in action.



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