News has broken that West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has had to undergo an operation to fix damaged cruciate ligaments and will be out of first team action for around six months, with the club confirming the news on their official website.
Foster came off 56 minutes into the Baggies' win over Stoke City last weekend and now faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines following this injury.
West Brom have already shown that they have an able backup in Wales international Boaz Myhill, who played well despite the Baggies losing 3-0 to Manchester City on Saturday. The American-born keeper pulled off a string of saves that kept the Citizens down to just three, with the Baggies reduced to 10 men for the vast majority of the match.
The injury also affects the England team, with Fraser Forster succumbing to injury in Southampton's match against Burnley, meaning that Roy Hodgson only has Joe Hart of his senior keepers to call upon for the upcoming Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania and a friendly date with Italy.
Foster has made 30 appearances for the Baggies this season and has been one of the more solid performers in what has been a tough campaign for the Hawthorns-based club.
Baggies fans on Twitter reacted with dismay to Foster's injury and wished the keeper well in his rehabilitation.
As far as #WBA goalkeepers go, Ben Foster has been an absolute game changer. 100% faith in Myhill, but I can't wait to see Foster fit again.— Craig Harris (@iHaggis) March 21, 2015
Foster out for 6 months. Speedy recovery Ben! Good thing we have Myhill #wba— Callum (@Callum_Wbafc) March 21, 2015
Just heard about Ben Foster, six months out, can only feel sorry for him wish him the best of luck on his road to recovery! #wba— Anup (@anup_wba) March 21, 2015
Poor Ben Foster. Hope he comes back stronger than ever. So lucky to have a keeper like Boaz Myhill as back up. #wba— Lizzie Hayward (@ehayward93) March 21, 2015