West Brom goal ace Callum Robinson is on a collision course with his manager over his no-vax stance.
The 26-year-old has been at the centre of a storm since revealing he’s opted not to get vaccinated against Covid-19 despite twice testing positive.
Now West Brom boss Valerien Ismael has revealed it could become an issue for the striker who is a rich vein of form.
Robinson goes into Friday's big local derby with Birmingham having scored five goals for Republic of Ireland in the international break.
But Ismael admitted the striker needed to be mindful that his stance could have consequences if it threatens to destabilise training sessions at the club.
Ismael said: “We cannot force anybody – that is the reality. We just have to make them aware that it’s very important.
“If a player takes a decision, he needs to know what the consequences of that might be.
“The only way to protect yourself is to get vaccinated. The danger is still there.”
He added: “We have to respect a person’s decision and make sure we don’t stigmatise them. But all I can say is, I’m fully vaccinated.
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“The majority of our players are too. We have to make sure we protect ourselves and our families.
“We communicate with our players every day and the club has provided vaccine for our players.”
Ismael is hoping a sell-out home game under lights can put his side back on track after the disappointment of benign beaten 1-0 by Stoke in their last game before the break.
Ismael hasn’t minced his words on that, saying: “Our performance was average and you can’t afford average performances in the Championship.
“We have a massive desire to get back to winning and hopefully against Birmingham.”
Lee Bowyers’s side have been in a slump of late with just one point taken from the last 15 up for grabs.
Brum striker Troy Deeney accepts that his record of one penalty goal from six matches since joining hasn’t set the world alight.
Deeney said: “I am one of those people who unless I am doing my job to the best of my ability then I can’t then demand off somebody else.
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“Results haven’t been reflective I don’t think, we have been missing a lot of chances and defending poorly, we expect to put that right against West Brom.”
Blues are looking for a first win in six and to score for the first time since Deeney’s spot-kick in the 4-1 loss to Fulham.
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