West Brom have been dealt a significant blow with the news that goalkeeper Ben Foster will be out for up to 12 weeks after he suffered a stress fracture in his right foot during the 0-0 draw with Everton on Saturday.
This will come as tough news for the shot-stopper to take as he was set to be named in England manager Roy Hodgson's squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Moldova and Ukraine.
At club level, Boaz Myhill and Luke Daniels will battle for the right to deputise for the stricken 'keeper, after the latter's steady debut for the club at the weekend.
Baggies manager Steve Clarke was fearful after Foster was forced to come off against Everton and now it seems those fears have been compounded by the full extent of the England international's injury.
"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," said Clarke.
The 30-year-old made 21 appearances for the club last season and has become a fixture in their line-up ever since his initial loan move from Birmingham.
Foster will undergo surgery in the coming days and is not scheduled to return before the end of November at the earliest.
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