GRAHAM POTTER says it was “unfortunate” for Glenn Murray to miss out on FA Cup action with


The striker missed his side’s 1-0 third-round defeat to Sheffield Wednesday.

His absence further fuelled speculation that he might be on his way out of the club this month with Celtic now reported to be keen on his services.

As of late yesterday afternoon, Albion had received no contact from Celtic – or other potential suitors.

Potter revealed Murray’s absence was down to an injury suffered in training and that, ideally, he would have faced the Owls.

The Albion boss had been prepared to ask Murray whether he wanted to play in the tie.

But he told The Argus after the game that, ultimately, the conversation did not take place.

Potter said: “It was unfortunate for him and unfortunate for us.

“I think it would have been good for us to use him and it would have been good for him “But these things happen.

“There were a few bumps and bruises after the period we have had.”

Celtic are struggling for back-up options to main man Edouard as they battle it out with Rangers for the Scottish title.

Nottingham Forest have also been linked with interest in Murray.

Albion now have a clear week to prepare for their Premier League trip to Everton, who played Liverpool in the FA Cup yesterday.

The under-23s visit Blackburn Rovers in Premier League 2 tonight (7pm) and the 18s are at Derby County on Wednesday in the fourth round of the FA Youth Cup.