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Chris Brunt to see specialist on Tuesday to determine severity of knee injury

West Brom face an anxious wait to discover the extent of the knee injury Chris Brunt sustained at the weekend.

Brunt was carried from the pitch on a stretcher after falling awkwardly during the 3-2 home win against Crystal Palace. The midfielder, who has been filling in as a defender, will undergo a scan on Tuesday to determine the severity of the problem.

Initial fears are that the 31-year-old could be set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines. That would be a blow for West Brom and compounded a miserable couple of weeks for Brunt after he was struck in the face by a coin thrown by an Albion fan at the end of the FA Cup defeat at Reading.

Ahead of Tuesday night's game away at Barclays Premier League leaders Leicester, Baggies boss Tony Pulis said: " Brunty is going to see a specialist tomorrow so we will wait until he's done that until we announce what is wrong with him.

"There are all sorts of different opinions so we will wait until the specialist sees him.

"I have only seen it from a distance so we will wait until the specialist makes an assessment and then we will let people know.

"Jonny Evans will come into it if he's fit but basically it will be a similar team to Palace."

Pulis will hope Evans can recover from his hamstring injury and replace Brunt at left-back, but Callum McManaman (ankle) and James Morrison (hamstring) will remain out against Leicester - who Pulis hopes go on to lift the title.

Claudio Ranieri and his team have been the surprise package of the season, transforming, initially under previous manager Nigel Pearson, from relegation certainties 12 months ago to potential champions.

"Nigel had done a wonderful job and Ranieri has continued it, actually made them better," said Pulis. " He's added one or two players - (N'Golo) Kante in midfield has been exceptional, a wonderful signing.

"(Jamie) Vardy and (Riyad) Mahrez have been exceptional. (Danny) Drinkwater has been absolutely fantastic in midfield. (Robert) Huth at centre-half and (Wes) Morgan, again the keeper's done exceptional.

"You could go through everybody, they've really played exceptionally well this year, all of them.

"For me, if you were saying which team would you like to win the Premier League out of those that are up there, it would be them. It would be fantastic if Leicester could do it, they've been a breath of fresh air really this year.

"It's been wonderful. The way they've gone about it, the way they've done it has been fantastic."

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