Martin Albrechsten says he and all of Albion's first team squad are counting down the hours to Paul Robinson's return from suspension.
However, it is not for personal reasons so that Albrechsten can vacate the left-back role and return to his preferred right-side berth; he is simply looking at the bigger picture and is convinced Robinson?s bulldog spirit will help Albion out of the relegation mire in which they are entrenched.
Robinson was sent off in the final minute of extra time during Albion?s Carling Cup victory at Fulham after an altercation with Zat Knight and his presence has been sorely missed.
Neil Clement and Albrechsten have tried to fill the gaping hole left by the absence of Robinson who was enjoying a purple patch of form. Bryan Robson, the Albion manager, was touting him as a potential England full-back such was his influence on and off the pitch at The Hawthorns. He epitomises Albion?s predominantly working-class support.
Robinson returns for the match at Middlesbrough next weekend but will be conspicuous by his absence for this weekend?s big clash with Everton.
Albrechsten says he is counting down the minutes until Albion?s talisman returns to action.
?We have missed Paul in a big way,? Albrechsten said.
?He is a very important player for us and, because of his character and the way he plays on the field, he is one player that we miss a lot.
?It is important that he returns for us soon and he will be back for next week.
?His character is very aggressive and he is always up for it, which sets the standard for others. You need players like that to spark off other players at times.?
However, do not labour under the impression that Albrechsten is lacking in any form of self-belief before the fixture with Everton.
A Zoltan Gera goal at The Hawthorns last season was enough to hand Albion a priceless three points in their great escape and any repetition would be most welcome according to Albion?s Danish international.
Albrechsten said: ?Every point we get now is important, as is every game, but this one is a little more important than most because they are in the bottom pack of clubs with us.
?Of course it will be vitally important to beat them again and a result like last year would be ideal.
?I think it would give us a big psychological boost if we could climb above them.
?However, if we happen to lose, then Everton will move five points clear of us and it is important to keep teams in and around you.
?So we need to get something out of the game and hopefully it can be three points.
?From a personal point of view, I have been really good in some games whereas in others I haven?t done as much so I want to make sure I?m in good shape for the game against Everton.
?We have all been a bit up and down but unfortunately we have lost more than we have won. Yet we have to keep going and remain confident.
?We all know we have to play well more consistently as there is such a lot of competition for places.
?That should help you because you know you have to be at your best all the time otherwise you might lose your place.
?But that keeps you on your toes and I like healthy competition.?
However, despite Albion?s problems, Albrechsten confesses that it is vital to switch off from the pressures of a protracted relegation battle.
With the addition of his first son, Justin, in March, he has plenty to keep him occupied on arriving home from training.
There has been something of a baby boom at The Hawthorns recently with Diomansy Kamara and Nathan Ellington joining the club with their respective partners inside the last two months.
Albrechsten certainly won?t be offering advice to his tired colleagues but is convinced they will need to replenish their sleep reserves at any available opportunity. ?Hav-ing a child has changed me a lot and it is a nice feeling,? Albrechsten said. ?But you have to be focused on your football and your partner has to understand that you need to rest.
?I haven?t spoken to either of them regarding fatherhood other than to say congratulations.
?It is fairly tough and hard to concentrate but, fortunately for me, it was the end of the season and I could get used to it in the summer.
"It is a nice distraction to think about something other than football when you get home and just concentrate on your children.?