West Brom's Ben Foster seeks Olympian's aid in injury recovery for next season

The former Manchester United and Birmingham goalkeeper has been out since March.

England and West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster is in the middle of a long absence due to a cruciate injury he received earlier in the year, but he is preparing to link up with Team GB Olympic medalist Jonathan Brownlee this summer as he works on his return, he revealed on the Baggies website.

The 32-year-old suffered the knee injury against Stoke in March, with Boaz Myhill deputising since then for Tony Pulis's side. And this summer he has been working on his fitness before embarking on a 500-mile London to Paris ride for charity.

Though that doesn't sound like a good idea for someone with a major knee injury, it is actually perfect exercise for someone who has damaged their cruciate.

“The injury's progressing every week," Foster told the club website. "I can start doing a little bit more and I can do more dynamic stuff.

“We are hoping to go up to Leeds in the next couple of weeks to do some training with Jonathan Brownlee.

"I have my charity bike ride coming up in about two-weeks time so at the minute there is a heavy focus on that as it benefits my legs hugely as it builds the muscles up.

"So far I have had no setbacks or no twinges or pain, the rehab is going well."

The 'keeper was able to provide an update on when he would be able to return to action for the Baggies, although he couldn't give fans good news despite his fitness work.

"We are looking at mid-October," he explained. "You have to do the six months I knew that from the start so there is no point getting down about it because you know you can’t come back any earlier.

"You can’t get ahead of schedule with a cruciate it is a six month minimum and you can’t come back any earlier."

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