Aaron Connolly is facing “a few weeks” of rehab work after ankle surgery.

The Albion striker needed an operation after picking up an injury in training.

He is now making progress in his recovery and it is unclear whether he will miss Premier League action with the season on an indefinite shutdown.

Connolly suffered the injury while preparing for the home match against Arsenal.

That fixture was postponed after Gunners boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus.

The Prem season was then closed down altogether.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said: “Aaron picked it up in a training ground collision, essentially. One of his ligaments.

“He just had some surgery to correct that.

“He is in a pot (protective boot) at the moment, he is on the mend, making progress. But it is early stages of his rehab.

“It is going to be a few weeks of rehab for him and obviously all our efforts are on trying to make sure he gets the right amount and the correct rehab to make sure he comes back stronger.

“It was in the week before the Arsenal game, ironically.

“That was a bit of a blow for us.”

Connolly is one of three specialist senior strikers in the Albion squad although he had dropped out of favour in recent weeks.

He last started a game when Aston Villa visited the Amex on January 19 and has come off the bench twice since then.