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Long facing lengthy absence


Shane Long

Shane Long

Shane Long

West Brom striker Shane Long is set to miss Ireland's Euro 2012 play-off games with Estonia on November 11 and 15 after a scan confirmed the extent of the knee injury he suffered against Aston Villa on Saturday.

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 Ireland international suffering severe bone bruising and a small bone chip inside his right knee and he could face up to six weeks on the sidelines.

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.

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"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."

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