West Bromwich Albion have been rocked by a major outbreak of COVID-19 with four defenders testing positive for the virus ahead of today’s Championship clash with Reading.

Cedric Kipre, Matt Clarke, Semi Ajayi and Conor Townsend have all been forced into self-isolation after returning positive coronavirus tests.

And winger Grady Diangana is also out with a serious sickness bug that is also sweeping through the club’s training ground, although he has tested negative for COVID-19.

Head coach Valerien Ismael is also without winger Matt Phillips with a hamstring issue and injured midfielder Robert Snodgrass, while Kean Bryan, Dara O’Shea and striker Kenneth Zohore are long-term absentees.

It means Ismael has been forced to select his only 10 available senior outfield players to face Reading with six youth-team players joining reserve goalkeeper David Button on the substitutes’ bench.

A West Brom statement said: "Valerien Ismael has made four enforced changes to his team for today’s game against Reading following a COVID-19 outbreak at the club.

"Cedric Kipre, Matt Clarke, Conor Townsend and Semi Ajayi are all self-isolating after testing positive for Coronavirus earlier in the week, while Grady Diangana misses the game through illness."

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