Sky Bet Championship side West Bromwich Albion have confirmed that forward Oliver Burke has withdrawn from Scotland Under-21 duty. The former Nottingham Forest man complained of a sore knee, and has since been sent back to his parent club to recover.
Burke therefore will play no part in the encounter against the Andorra Under-21 team on Thursday night. Whilst Darren Moore has not used the player too often this season so far, they are not full of too many offensive options within their squad.
Andy Leaver, who is the Head of Sports Medicine at West Brom, says it is merely a ‘precaution’ to get the player back at the training ground. He also offered some hope ahead of their next league game,
“It was a sensible precaution to take as there was just a little soreness which Olly felt and all parties agreed it was best not to play.”
Given Burke has only made three first-team appearances for the Baggies this season, two of which came at home to lower league opposition in the Carabao Cup, he will have been desperate to get a 90-minute game under his belt. Nevertheless, he returns to his club and is more than likely to be available to feature in the match versus Birmingham City a week on Friday.
Following a big-money move to The Hawthorns in 2017 from German side RP Leipzig, Burke has only started two league games. He made a big name for himself during his time at Nottingham Forest, which led to many clubs in the Premier League and clearly overseas expressing an interest in him. His switch to Germany did not pay off, as he only started five league games and was a regular substitute.