West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out of all footballing action for the next four weeks at least.
Foster damaged cartilage during West Brom's 1-0 victory over Stoke City at The Hawthorns in the Premier League on Saturday.
The 31-year-old England international custodian suffered the injury in the second half and was replaced by Boaz Myhill in the 56th minute.
Former Manchester United goalkeeper Foster has made 28 appearances in the Premier League so far this season, keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.
The former Birmingham City man has made an average of 2.25 saves per game and an average of 1.85 saves per goal.
The injury means that Foster will sit out West Brom’s Premier League games against Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers and Leicester City.
Foster will also miss England’s Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at London’s Wembley Stadium on March 27, and the friendly international against Italy in Turin four days later.
Following the news, West Brom fans took to social networking site Twitter to have their say on the absence of Foster for the next four weeks.
Below are the best reactions:
No foster for a month is a shame, but Boaz has always delivered when he's come into the team. Good backup keeper. #wba— Edward Mills (@EdMills_89) March 17, 2015
Foster out for four weeks. Quality keeper but we should not fear with Boaz waiting in the wings #wba— Jack (@TheeJackBradley) March 17, 2015
Foster's a blow but Myhill is still a quality keeper, always stepped up when we needed him. Not much between him and Foster anyway imo #wba— Jeremy Clark (@Jeremy___Clark) March 17, 2015
So, Myhill for a month then, I've got a horrible feeling that all these Foster bashers are gonna be eating their words. Dont rate him #wba— Paul Chappell (@WanchopePaulo) March 17, 2015
Unfortunate news re Foster but we have a more than adequate backup in Boaz - Myhill's always done decent job when he's been called upon #wba— Steven Butler (@StevieB_WBA) March 17, 2015
In my opinion Foster has been a liability for a few weeks. Some time out may do him some good. Come on Boaz. #wba— Joseph Jackson (@Barnaby1996) March 17, 2015
Personally I don't think there is much to choose between Foster and Myhill but the concern is if Myhill gets injured we are in trouble. #wba— steven prince (@stevenwbaprince) March 17, 2015