West Brom defender Neil Clement has been forced to retire from football due to injury, the Baggies have confirmed.
The 31-year-old had struggled in a long-running battle to recover from a knee injury he suffered in pre-season 17 months ago.
The Reading-born player told West Brom's official website: "I knew I was struggling because I'd been out for so long but when I actually heard the consultant say those words, it was still a really bitter pill to swallow. Nothing can prepare you for it. Being told your career is over is the one thing no player wants to hear."
Clement, who spent 10 years with the Baggies, underwent two knee operations and sought medical advice from specialists in Germany as well as having a course of injections in the joint, but his consultant advised him to quit.
Clement added: "I can take real comfort from the fact I have tried absolutely everything to get back playing again. I have no regrets because, in my heart of hearts, I know I couldn't have done any more."
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