Aston Villa midfielder Ireland ruled out of West Brom derby with broken wrist

Paul Lambert has confirmed that the arm injury sustained in the 4-1 defeat to Southampton will keep the Irishman out of the game looming at Villa Park on Sunday
Aston Villa midfielder Stephen Ireland will definitely miss the club's derby match against West Brom after manager Paul Lambert confirmed that the Irishman had suffered a broken wrist against Southampton.

The 26-year-old injured his arm in the 4-1 defeat at St Mary's Stadium and Lambert confirmed that the problem is likely to keep him out for a number of weeks.

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Ireland was voted player of the season for the 2011-12 campaign by the club's supporters has started four of Villa's five Premier League matches so far in 2012-13.

"It's unfortunate for Stephen and it's unfortunate for us," Lambert told the Express and Star.

"I don't think it's as bad as we thought [though]. Hopefully he'll be back in a few weeks."

Villa had recovered well from their comprehensive defeat on the south coast, beating Manchester City 4-2 after extra time at the Etihad Stadium to secure their passage into the fourth round of the League Cup.

But Lambert's side face a tough test against neighbours West Brom, who have made a good start to the season so far and sit fourth in the table.