Monday 28 November 2011

Gera facing spell on sidelines

Boss Hodgson says it is a "major blow" to lose midfidelder after knee injury

Gera (centre) suffered the injury against Spurs

West Bromwich Albion midfielder Zoltan Gera faces a spell on the sidelines after suffering a knee injury on Saturday.

The Hungary international needs further medical tests on the injury, which he suffered after falling awkwardly just 21 minutes into Saturday's 3-1 home defeat against Tottenham.

Boss Roy Hodgson told West Brom's official website the injury was a "major blow" for the Baggies.

"Zoltan has done really well since coming into the team three games ago and his performances quickly justified how highly we rate him," said Hodgson.

"We still don't know for sure how long he will be out for but we know we won't be able to call on his services for the foreseeable future.

"This will be a major blow both on the training pitch and the match arena.

"Zoltan is now in the hands of our excellent medical and sports science department and we just have to hope and pray that his stint on the sidelines is not an overly prolonged one."

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