West Bromwich Albion attacker Matheus Pereira has been charged with violent conduct for an incident during the 1-0 defeat to Stoke City.
Monday night’s Championship fixture at the Hawthorns saw league leaders West Brom host Michael O’Neill’s inconsistent Stoke.
Grady Diangana was called upon by Baggies boss Slaven Bilic as he made his return from injury, but the West Ham loanee lasted just four minutes after suffering another injury problem.
The evening went from bad to worse for Bilic as he watched Tyrese Campbell score for Stoke just five minutes later, and that would prove to be the deciding goal in the game as Stoke produced a shock.
The defeat means that West Brom have not won since the middle of December in the league, and Diangana’s absence through injury could now be followed by a potential suspension for Pereira.
Involved in a tough battle with Stoke midfielder Joe Allen during the game, the Brazilian is alledged to have elbowed the Welsh international.
The Sporting Lisbon loanee, has until 18:00 GMT on 22 January to respond and could face a three-game ban for the incident if found guilty.
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Losing Diangana was bad enough, but losing Pereira could give Slaven Bilic a massive problem.
Those two players have been behind everything good the Baggies attack has done this season and it would be catastrophic if both were ruled out at the same time.
Pereira has struggled without Diangana, and the likes of Charlie Austin, Kenneth Zohore and Hal Robson-Kanu have all struggled to score having not received the kind of creativeness they got in the first few months of the season.
Bilic is going to have to treat a potential ban for Pereira wisely, but who does he have to come in?