West Brom manager Alan Pardew hopes Daniel Sturridge will be fit within two weeks after he limped off three minutes into Monday’s 3-0 defeat at Chelsea.
Sturridge, who joined the Baggies on loan from Liverpool last month, was substituted after an innocuous chase for possession with Cesar Azpilicueta.
Pardew said the injury was “probably a bigger blow” than the defeat in striker Sturridge’s third appearance.
“We need him up and running as it’s goals we’ve struggled with,” he said.
“He felt his hamstring after a 60m sprint in the first moments of the game. We’ll have to nurse him. He won’t play next week but hopefully the week after.”
Pardew’s side, who are bottom of the table – seven points from safety, missed two chances when trailing 1-0 against the champions and now have just one win in 25 Premier League games.