English Premiership

Foster facing a month out

2015-03-17 12:53
Ben Foster (File)

London - West Bromwich Albion's England international goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out for at least a month after injuring his knee, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday.

Foster, 31, damaged cartilage in his knee during his side's 1-0 win over Stoke City on Saturday and was forced off early in the second half.

The news means he will not be available for England's 2016 European Championship qualifier against Lithuania and friendly against Italy later this month, with manager Roy Hodgson set to announce his squad on Thursday.

"It's rotten news for Ben because he's been so consistent," West Brom manager Tony Pulis told the club website.

"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."

West Brom are currently eight points above the Premier League relegation zone with nine matches of the season remaining.

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