West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis has revealed that Nacer Chadli will be out for the "foreseeable future" after picking up an injury in training but confirmed that Oliver Burke will play some part against Chelsea after recovering from a niggling hamstring problem.
Chadli has only started two Premier League matches for the Baggies so far this season due to a lack of pre-season which was disrupted by a fall-out with Pulis. The former Tottenham star had designs on a moving to Swansea City but Pulis had no interest in parting with the 28-year-old, much to his chagrin.
Pulis had commented on Chadli's lack of fitness before the international break but Belgium boss Roberto Martinez still saw fit to start him in two friendlies in the space of four days. The workload has seemingly taken its toll on the winger, who will miss the clash against Chelsea on Saturday (18 November) and is seemingly a doubt for the Christmas period, with Pulis unable to give a specific date for Chadli's proposed return.
"We're disappointed that Nacer picked up an injury in training yesterday. He'll be out for the foreseeable future," Pulis said in his press conference.
Chadli joins fellow West Brom stars Craig Dawson and James Morrison on the sidelines - the pair are out until next month with knee and Achilles problems - but Pulis will be able to call on the services of Burke and James McClean for the visit of Chelsea.
Burke aggravated a persistent hamstring issue last month but will be included in the squad to face the Premier League champions, while McClean was given a day's rest after starting for the Republic of Ireland in their harrowing 5-1 World Cup play-off defeat to Denmark in midweek.
"Oliver Burke will definitely be involved in the group," Pulis said. "It's good to have him back. We gave James McClean an extra day off. We are disappointed for the two Irish teams."
The match against Chelsea could prove to be huge for Pulis, whose job has come under increasing pressure in recent weeks. West Brom have won just three of their last 22 matches in all competitions, and Pulis knows that a lack of wins will bring calls for his head.
"If you don't get results then you're under pressure. That's life and you have to get on with it," the West Brom boss said. "It hasn't been a lack of effort from the players. There's been mistakes at both ends, but they've been fantastic."