West Brom lose Foster for six months

The goalkeeper picked up an injury during his side's win over Stoke City but an initial prognosis of a month on the sidelines has been extended due to cruciate ligament damage
West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster faces a six-month spell on the sidelines following surgery on an anterior cruciate ligament injury.

The England international had initially been expected to miss only a month after picking up the injury in their win over Stoke earlier in March, with the Baggies suggesting the issue was a knee cartilage problem.

However, Foster underwent surgery on Friday and an exploratory operation uncovered a more serious problem, damage to his cruciate ligaments.

Foster had been an ever-present for Tony Pulis's side this season, making 28 appearances in the Premier League, before Boaz Myhill stepped in for Saturday's 3-0 defeat at Manchester City.

The former Manchester United keeper suffered a similar injury to his right knee earlier in his career and will hope to once again make a successful recovery as he targets an October return.

West Brom's head of sports science and medical staff, Dr Mark Gillett, told the club's official website: "Ben is in good spirits despite this obvious disappointment to him – he's already talking about his rehab and wanting to get started on it immediately.

"But he has had a cruciate reconstruction of his left knee following the injury against Stoke and he will be out for six months."