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England keeper ruled out for three months

WBA keeper Ben Foster picked up an ankle injury

By | 27th August 2013
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West Bromwich Albion goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out for 12 weeks with a stress fracture in a bone in his right foot. The news comes as a serious blow for both West Brom and England as the keeper was thought to be one of Roy Hodgson’s selections for the World Cup qualifiers in September, according to ESPN.

Foster left his club’s match against Everton in the 77th minute after hearing his ankle pop. The keeper’s suspicions were confirmed when a scan found a fracture in his foot.

With Foster now ruled out until at least December, his chances of being England’s number one for the World Cup next summer have taken a hit as Hodgson will need to replace him for the qualifying matches over the coming months.

West Brom manager Steve Clarke was disappointed to hear the news about Foster as the keeper had been magnificent for the club early on in the season, making 7 saves against Everton and keeping a clean sheet before being taken off.

“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,” Clarke said, according to ESPN.

“In the meantime, I’ve got two other very good goalkeepers to choose from.”

Clarke has Boaz Myhill and Luke Daniels as his two other keepers.

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