March 22, 2015 08:16:27 UK
West Bromwich Albion and England goalkeeper Ben Foster faces around six months on the sidelines after a knee injury proved to be far more serious than was first thought.
The 31-year-old had initially been expected to be ruled out for around a month due to the problem sustained in the 1-0 victory over Stoke City just over a week ago, but surgical intervention revealed a much more major problem.
And the Baggies are now resigned to being without Foster for the remainder of the campaign, with Boaz Myhill having deputised in the 3-0 defeat at Manchester City on Saturday.
The head of Albion’s sports science and medical team, Dr Mark Gillett, told the club’s official website: “Ben is in good spirits despite this obvious disappointment to him – he is 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.”
Foster had already been ruled out of the upcoming England double-header against Lithuania (Euro 2016 qualifier) and Italy (friendly) and he is joined in missing out by Southampton ace Fraser Forster, who suffered a knee injury of his own against Burnley on Saturday.
QPR keeper Robert Green and Stoke City’s Jack Butland have been called up as replacements for Forster, with the latter promoted from the Under-21s set-up.
England can be backed at 1.10 to defeat Lithuania at Wembley on Friday evening and are 1.53 to keep a clean sheet, with the Three Lions 12.00 to go on and win Euro 2016
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