Hammond on standby for Albion job change

2:49pm Monday 18th February 2013 in Albion By Andy Naylor
Dean Hammond, in line for a revised role if Liam Bridcutt is booked at Cardiff tomorrow night.
* Dean Hammond is prepared to step into Liam Bridcutt's shoes for Albion if the stand-in skipper picks up another booking.

* Bridcutt is still on nine*yellow cards, *one away from an automatic two-match suspension.

* Hammond has spent most of the season playing alongside him but would be the obvious candidate to switch into Bridcutt's defensive midfield slot shielding the back four.

* Hammond said: "He's been on nine for a few weeks now. It may happen, it may not happen but there are a few of us that could probably step into that role. Maybe it's more natural for me but we'll wait and see."

* Bridcutt will hand the captaincy back to Gordon Greer if the fit-again central defender comes straight back into the side for tomorrow night's trip to Championship leaders Cardiff City.

* Ashley Barnes (ban) and Andrew Crofts (hamstring) are still sidelined, while Will Hoskins has surgery in Germany today to repair the long-term cruciate and medial knee ligament damage he suffered in last week's 1-1 home draw against Blackburn Rovers.

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