Big blow for West Brom as skipper Brunt ruled out for 10 weeks with broken ankle
West Brom captain Chris Brunt will be sidelined for up to 10 weeks after scans confirmed he broke his ankle during the Barclays Premier League clash with Everton on New Year's Day.
The club have confirmed that Northern Ireland international Brunt will undergo surgery on Friday, having suffered the setback when he fell awkwardly during the closing stages of the 1-0 setback at the Hawthorns.
It means Brunt will be absent until the middle of March, with head coach Roy Hodgson's initial fears that it was a serious injury having been confirmed.
Ouch: West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt (right) has broken his ankle
West Brom announced in a statement: 'Chris Brunt will undergo surgery tomorrow after scans confirmed he fractured his right ankle against Everton.
'He will be out for between eight to 10 weeks.'
It is another major injury setback for Albion who will be without another midfielder in Zoltan Gera for the rest of the campaign after he underwent knee surgery last month.
A third, Youssouf Mulumbu, is currently sidelined with a groin problem while top scorer Shane Long is needing injections to defy an ongoing back problem.
Right-back Steven Reid (knee) and central defender Jonas Olsson (ankle) are also out of action.
Brunt had been showing signs of returning to his best form in recent weeks after struggling during the early part of the campaign.