West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis disappointed with Chris Brunt's injury

Chris Brunt picked up a knee injury in West Bromwich Albion's match against Crystal Palace.

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis has admitted to the Express and Star that Chris Brunt’s injury is a blow for his side.

Brunt damaged his knee during the Baggies’ 3-2 win against Crystal Palace last weekend, and he had to be stretchered from the field.

The Northern Ireland international is due to see a specialist today, to determine how long he will be out for.

And Pulis admits that to have the 31-year-old unavailable for selection poses a problem for his side.

“There was a better balance with Chris in the team,” he said. “For a team of our stature, you need your best players fit all the time and missing Brunty is going to be a blow for us.”

Brunt’s importance to West Brom was highlighted in their most recent fixture against Palace.

The Baggies raced into a 3-0 lead with Brunt on the pitch, but after he was replaced they collapsed.

Palace ended up scoring twice in the second half, but Alan Pardew’s side were not able to complete their comeback.

West Brom’s next fixture comes against Leicester City, where Pulis side’s new-look defence looks set to be heavily tested.

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