USMNT international Daryl Dike suffered a hamstring injury on his home debut for West Bromwich Albion over the weekend, and today’s scans have indicated he’ll be sidelined for eight weeks.

The new arrival from Orlando made his home debut on Saturday for West Bromwich Albion and the striker looked to be poised for a great start to life at The Hawthornes with three golden opportunities in his first start. The chances did not fall his way as he wasn’t able to get on the score sheet, but it was a positive indication that with time, he would settle.

Unfortunately he was forced out in the second half with what was later revealed to be a hamstring injury, with an initial timeframe of approximately two weeks indicated by the coach after the game.

However, the team confirmed today that the revised timeline will see him out for approximately eight weeks, as the injury was more severe than originally assessed.

Head coach Valerin Ismael confirmed on Tuesday that the American will start rehab immediately, and the team will have to prepare for life without their big money signing from Orlando City. 

“We will start the rehab now and if everything goes well he will be available after the international break in March,” Ismael was quoted as saying.

“It’s a bad hit for us,” he continued, “we need to deal with another challenging situation, for him especially.”

“We need to carry on and focus on the game tomorrow but it’s a big hit, that’s for sure.”

Dike was not called in for this current round of international break, but would have hoped to feature in the March window as World Cup Qualifying heats up.

According to the current timeline, the striker is set to miss up to 11 games for his new club, who are currently fighting for promotion back to the Premier League.

Watch the game highlights from Dike’s first start for West Brom here:

By Andrew Vorce

I do it all! Youth club coach for 15+ years, very retired semi-pro indoor player, journalist for Yanks Abroad, and VP of Operations for the Warrior Soccer Tour. Soccer, soccer, soccer. Avid soccer enthusiast and travel to Europe every summer to take kids to go compete against European youth teams.

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