Daryl Dike’s injury recovery has been updated by new manager Steve Bruce, indicating that the American forward could be out up to a month longer than expected.

US Men’s National Team forward Daryl Dike completed a move to West Brom in the winter transfer window and subsequently pulled his hamstring on his home debut and first start. The initial scans indicated a March return was on the books, but new coach Steve Bruce suggested his forward’s recovery process might be going more slowly.

Yesterday, it was reported by the Birmingham Mail that Dike’s current timeframe to return is now set for early-April, several weeks longer than initially suggested prior to Bruce’s arrival at the club.

This new timeframe will certainly pull him out of contention for the upcoming World Cup qualifiers for the USMNT in late-March.

“I have seen him in the gym and one leg is bigger than me! He is a big powerful boy for 21. It’s quite remarkable,” Bruce previously told the Birmingham Mail. “It’s unfortunate isn’t it? You spend a lot of money on a center forward who fits the criteria of what you want and unfortunately he gets injured.

“That’s football unfortunately. It’s a shame, but he is making progress. He has got a hamstring issue, but hopefully in a few weeks’ time we’ll see him back.” 

Dike looked up for the challenge on his starting debut before the injury, with the forward having a string of chances while none found the back of the net.

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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