Last Updated: Tue, 27 Aug 2013 14:20
West Brom will be without Ben Foster for three months after scans revealed the keeper has broken a bone in his right foot.
The England international suffered the injury during Saturday's 0-0 draw against Everton at Goodison Park and was forced to be substituted with 77 minutes on the clock.
After medical checks it has been confirmed that Foster suffered a stress fracture of a bone and will need surgery to resolve the issue and be sidelined for up to 12 weeks.
Following on from the absence of Nicolas Anelka, the news on Foster will come as a major blow for Steve Clarke, who is currently preparing his squad for the midweek League Cup clash with Newport.
Clarke told the club's website: "There's no hiding the fact this is disappointing news as Ben is a key player for us. He was excellent on Saturday before his injury forced him off. In the meantime, I've got two other very good goalkeepers to choose from."
The two goalkeepers in question are experienced shot-stopper Boaz Myhill and Luke Daniels, who replaced Foster at Everton to make his first-team debut for the club.
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