As if Neil Clement has not missed enough football over the past nine months, he will be forced to miss the match at home to Preston North End today because of suspension.
The central defender, who has only just recovered from a long spell out through injury, was sent off late in the match away to Plymouth Argyle last Saturday and will serve a one-match ban.
Albion drew 2-2 with Plymouth, coming back from two goals down, and could easily have recorded their first away victory since Tony Mowbray took over as manager.
The absence of Clement today has not helped the preparation and nor is the impending suspension of Paul Robinson, the Albion left-back, who will miss the match against Ipswich Town on Saturday after being cautioned for a fifth time this season.
"I never quibble about officials' decisions," Mowbray said. "Nobody would ever question their integrity and if they see a foul then that's their job. They get paid for it. It's done now and we'll move on."
Martin Albrechtsen was injured during the match but he might have been substituted, anyway, given that Albion were struggling defensively at two goals down.
"Taking Martin off was a bit about him being injured and also tactical," Mowbray said. "I felt we needed more composure at the back and someone who could pick the right pass, like Neil.
"Martin was also struggling a bit after sliding off into the hoardings around the pitch towards the end of the first half. He's got a few days to recover. I'm sure he'll be fine."
Quite which team Mow-bray will select today is anyone's guess. He has made it clear that he will make his selections in accordance with the needs of a particular match.
However, it seems certain that Kevin Phillips will occupy a position up front. He scored twice against Plymouth and, far from being happy, was cursing his failure to complete a hat-trick.
Phillips has scored a hat-trick this season - for Albion during the 5-1 victory against Ipswich Town - and has lamented his failure to repeat the feat.
"I'm going home disappointed because I could have had a hat-trick," Phillips said.
"But the team is happy because we've got a point after being 2-0 down and looking dead and buried.
"Plymouth played well and thoroughly deserved their lead.
"But football throws up these things and the old cliche is that it takes only a second to score a goal.
"We managed two in three minutes to get us right back in the game. We don't lack character in our team. We showed that today."
Albion can have more optimism about playing Preston at The Hawthorns, where they are generally sound and stable.
Away from home, Albion have not yet mastered the art of what is required.
"I don't know what it is when we come away - we just can't seem to get that win," Phillips said. "We thought it was going to come. When the keeper fluffed my shot for the second goal we thought maybe it was going to be the turning point of our season. Unfortunately, it wasn't to be.
"We've got a busy period coming up now," he added. "We knew it was going to be tough going to Plymouth and we just wanted to get something because we've got two home games coming up and our home form has been good.
"We wanted to win but it was important not to lose. It sets us up nicely for Boxing Day. The club have been very professional.
"We flew down today and we're flying to Southend on the day of the game so there's not an awful lot of travelling involved.
"With the club giving us good travel arrangements, we've got to try to reward everyone. If we can get maximum points from the next three games we should be sitting comfortably heading into the New Year."