West Bromwich Albion hit by Ben Foster blow

West Bromwich Albion Ben Foster

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West Brom have been hit by the news that Ben Foster is facing at least a month on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The goalkeeper has been in fine form as the Baggies have lifted themselves eight points above the relegation zone and his absence will be a big loss for Tony Pulis’ men.

Foster picked up the injury during Saturday’s 1-0 win over Stoke City and scans later revealed that he had suffered cartilage damage.

Pulis is gutted to have lost Foster but has every faith in Boaz Myhill to step in and do a job while he is recovering.

“It’s rotten news for Ben because he’s been so consistent,” Pulis told the club’s official site.

“He kept seven clean sheets in 10 games but we have a very able man to step forward in Boaz (Myhill), who has performed well when he’s come into the team.

“We’ve got the international break coming up which I hope will give our medical team the chance to work on Ben’s rehab and we will reassess later.”

The injury is also a blow to Foster’s international prospects as he was expected to be included in the England squad for the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and the friendly with Italy this month.

The Baggies will now call on Myhill for this weekend’s trip to Manchester City where they are 9.11 to pull off an upset. City are 1.31 favourites, with the draw 5.08.

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