Long out for six weeks
West Brom and the Republic of Ireland have suffered a setback after Shane Long was ruled out for up to six weeks due to his knee injury.
Last Updated: 25/10/11 8:09am
West Brom and the Republic of Ireland have suffered a setback after striker Shane Long was ruled out for up to six weeks due to his knee injury.
Scans have confirmed the extent of the problem the forward suffered in Saturday's win over Aston Villa.
Long was forced to leave the field in the 19th minute after a challenge from Villa defender Alan Hutton eight minutes earlier.
The force of the tackle resulted in the Republic international suffering severe bone bruising and a small bone chip, inside his right knee.
The news means Long is unlikely to be fit for the Republic's Euro 2012 play-off games with Estonia on 11th and 15th November.
Speaking after Saturday's game, which his side won 2-1, West Brom boss Roy Hodgson felt there was "no room in football" for the type of challenge from Hutton.
Hodgson said: "I don't think it will be good news when the scan comes through because it was such a vicious challenge.
"I suppose he has got to consider himself lucky he hasn't got two broken bones in his leg but I would think it is a serious knee injury.
"I was disappointed with that challenge by Hutton and not only saddened by it, but angered by it.
"I don't think there is any room in football for those type of challenges on the field and overall the game wasn't like that."