Kirkland out four weeks
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
West Bromwich Albion keeper Chris Kirkland is out for a month with a bruised kidney.West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Chris Kirkland has been sidelined for up to a month with a bruised kidney.
The on-loan Liverpool custodian sustained the injury in Sunday's 2-0 defeat at Bolton Wanderers after a collision with striker Kevin Davies.
The England international made a number of fine saves in Sunday's match before late strikes from Hidetoshi Nakata and Kevin Nolan sealed the win for The Trotters.
Although the injury is not deemed to be serious, Baggies boss Bryan Robson says he will need two to four weeks of rest in order to recover.
"Chris suffered a really bad knock against Bolton on Sunday," Robson told West Brom's official website.
"We thought he'd got away with it but the severity of the knock has caused him to suffer bruising on one of his kidneys.
"It's nothing serious but he's been advised by doctors to rest for between two and four weeks.
"Both Chris and the club have got to take that medical advice on board.
"He will miss the Newcastle and West Ham games, but we're hoping he will be back after the international break."
The news has prompted Robson to recall Russell Hoult to The Hawthorns from his loan spell at League One side Nottingham Forest.