Thursday 01 December 2011
West Bromwich Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee ligament injury.
The Hungary international ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee after falling awkwardly during the Baggies' 3-1 home defeat against Tottenham on 26th November.
Gera re-signed for the Baggies from Fulham in the summer, and he was making only his second start of the campaign after recovering from ankle surgery.
The 32-year-old will undergo surgery on his knee this weekend.
Baggies captain Chris Brunt told West Brom's official website: "I wasn't far away from the incident on the pitch and I could see it was pretty bad.
"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. We have to try and make sure he comes back fit next season as a Premier League player.
"Hopefully, if we do our jobs, he'll be back fit and ready for next season in the Premier League with West Brom."