West Brom captain Chris Brunt keen to ensure injured midfielder Zoltan Gera plays Premier League football next season

The Baggies player has called upon his team-mates to avoid relegation this campaign, following the news that the Hungarian will miss the remainder of the season
West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt has called upon his team-mates to rally in support of the injured Zoltan Gera and ensure the club stays in the top flight for next season.

The Hungarian ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in Saturday's 3-1 loss to Tottenham, and is set to be sidelined for between six to nine months, with the Baggies captain quick to offer support to the 32-year-old.

"We have to try and make sure he comes back fit next season as a Premier League player," Brunt told reporters.

"Hopefully, if we do our jobs, he'll be back fit and ready for next season in the Premier League with West Brom.

"It's bad news and someone else is going to have to step up to the plate now and do that job."

Brunt admitted he knew the Hungarian midfielder had sustained a serious injury when he saw the incident, with the news especially bad for the former Fulham man having only just returned from a prior spell on the sidelines.

"I wasn't far away from the incident on the pitch and I could see it was pretty bad," said the Baggies captain.

"It was great to get him back and we saw last week how good a player he is.

"It's gutting for him, especially after being out for so long, to come back and that to happen shows the cruel nature of football sometimes.

"We're devastated for him. It's a big blow for us because he is a big player."