Reid has insisted that his side have enough quality and character to cope without the Nigerian forward if he does not return to first-team action at The Hawthorns.
He told The Mirror: "It is not the way I would go about doing things and I am sure that is not the way a lot of the other lads would.
"These things happen in football, not too often though. But we have a strong enough squad to deal with incidents like that. Maybe the group wasn't as strong as it was when I first joined but it definitely is now. That is why we are in the position we are in.
"There might come a point in the rest of the campaign when he is needed. We will have to see. It is up to the club how they deal with it. If it does happen then I am sure we will get on with it. But there are enough characters and leaders and good lads in the dressing room to get through it."
The 31-year-old was forced to train with the reserves on Monday after the first-team squad were given a day off following last weekend's 1-0 defeat to Tottenham Hotspur.