West Brom Suffer Big Blow As Defender is Ruled Out With Long Term Injury

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Swedish star may be absent for up to six weeks.

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West Bromich Albion defender Jonas Olsson will be out until 2015 with the news he set to undergo achilles surgery later this week, reports Talksport.

The 31 year old has been limited to just five appearances for the Baggies this season after struggling with injury and poor form and has not featured since the Capital One Cup win over Hull in September.

“I have been struggling with this on and off for some time and I’ve come to the point where it feels like surgery would help it,” the Swedish international told the club’s official website.

The operation will be carried out by Dutch surgeon Professor Niek Van Dijk in Portugal on Friday, with Olsson expected to be out for between four to six weeks.

“The recovery time is short so I hope to be back 100 per cent some time after the New Year,” said Olsson.

A potential selection headache for Baggie’s boss Alan Irvine has been slightly softened with the news defender Sebastien Pocognoli has returned to full training following a hamstring injury.

West Brom face Arsenal this Saturday at the Hawthorns.

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