Wednesday 16 November 2011

West Brom hit by Long injury

Baggies striker faces six weeks on the sidelines due to knee problem

Republic of Ireland striker Long has made a promising start to his West Brom career

West Brom striker Shane Long is set to miss the next six weeks of the season with a knee injury.

The 24-year-old picked up the problem during the Club's 2-1 Barclays Premier League win at Aston Villa on Saturday after a challenge from Villa's Alan Hutton.

Long was forced to leave the field in the 19th minute and a scan has confirmed he has suffered severe bone bruising and a small bone chip inside his right knee.

As well as a host of West Brom matches, the Republic of Ireland international will miss his country's Euro 2012 play-off ties against Estonia on 11 and 15 November.

"Obviously when you have a knock on your knee like that your first fears are that it's ligament damage and that was our first fear at the time," said West Brom's assistant head coach Michael Appleton.

"Ultimately the scans have shown that's not the case so we feel quite fortunate that if it is six weeks, it's not as bad as a six-month, nine-month job."

Long became Albion's record signing when he joined from Championship side Reading for £6.5m in August and has scored three goals in his first nine matches.

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Key Points

  • Long to miss six weeks of season with injury
  • Striker picked up knee problem against Aston Villa
  • Misses Republic of Ireland play-off matches