Thursday 26 January 2012
West Brom skipper Chris Brunt has spoken of his frustration as he recovers from the first serious injury of his career.
The 27-year-old midfielder suffered a broken ankle when he fell awkwardly during the 1-0 home defeat by Everton on New Year's Day.
Brunt had surgery on the ankle after the fracture was confirmed and is expected to be out of action until March.
"I've been lucky through my career to be honest that I've not had many injury issues in the past," Brunt told the club's official website.
"This is probably the first real major one that I've had, because the only other time I've had surgery was in the off season anyway so I didn't miss any games, which is the really hard part.
"The op went well, the surgeon was happy with it, so it looks positive on that front. But I've got a long few weeks ahead of me to get fit again"
- Chris Brunt
"It hasn't been too bad so far but as time goes on, I'm sure I'll get more frustrated with what I'm doing in the gym and not being able to get out there on the field.
"Having a timeframe probably helps, knowing it'll likely be eight weeks minimum gives you something to get your head round, and it makes it clear it's not something you can rush.
"But at least there's the knowledge that I will be back this season if all goes according to plan, so I've got something to aim for there."
The Northern Ireland international, who joined West Brom from Sheffield Wednesday in 2007, says he is desperate to get playing again and help his team stay clear of the bottom three.
"It's never nice missing games at any time but this is such a crucial part of the season," he added. "It's just annoying not being able to go in on a matchday and do what you get paid for.
"I'm not one for just sitting around and ever since I broke through at Sheffield Wednesday, I've been pretty much a regular in the side both there and since I came here, so it's something new to get to grips with."
Brunt also said he was fortunate that the injury was not more serious.
"The medical staff were actually happier it was a fracture rather than it being ligaments or a tear because initially they thought it was something to do with the tendon at the front, which would have been a lot more serious," he said.
"The op went well, the surgeon was happy with it, so it looks positive on that front. But I've got a long few weeks ahead of me to get fit again."