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West Brom goalkeeper Foster ruled out for six months

West Brom goalkeeper Ben Foster has been ruled out for six months after damaging cruciate knee ligaments.

Foster is facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines. Credit: PA

The 31-year-old England international underwent reconstruction surgery on his anterior cruciate ligaments on Friday after the damage was discovered during an exploratory operation.

Foster, who has won eight caps for England and was a member of Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad in Brazil last summer after reversing his decision to retire from international football, will be sidelined until the autumn.

Ben is in good spirits despite this obvious disappointment to him - he's already talking about his 'rehab' and wanting to get started on it immediately.

But he has had a cruciate reconstruction of his left knee following the injury against Stoke and he will be out for six months.

– Albion's director of performance Dr Mark Gillet

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Midlands Matchday Live: Full-time results

Premier League:

  • Aston Villa 0 - 1 Swansea
  • Stoke 1 - 2 Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham 4 - 3 Leicester
  • Man City 3 - 0 West Brom (FT)

Championship:

  • Cardiff 2 - 0 Birmingham City
  • Norwich 3 - 1 Nottm Forest

League One:

  • Coventry 1 - 3 Doncaster
  • Sheffield United 1 - 0 Port Vale
  • MK Dons 4 - 1 Notts County
  • Peterborough 1 - 0 Chesterfield

League Two:

  • Cheltenham 1 - 2 Exeter
  • Shrewsbury 2 - 0 Oxford United
  • Tranmere 1 - 4 Burton Albion
  • Bury 2 - 1 Northampton

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Midlands Matchday Live: Half-time results

Premier League:

  • Aston Villa 0 - 0 Swansea
  • Stoke 1 - 2 Crystal Palace
  • Tottenham 2 - 1 Leicester
  • Man City 3 - 0 West Brom (FT)

Championship:

  • Cardiff 0 - 0 Birmingham City
  • Norwich 1 - 0 Nottm Forest

League One:

  • Coventry 1 - 0 Doncaster
  • Sheffield United 1 - 0 Port Vale
  • MK Dons 0 - 0 Notts County
  • Peterborough 1 - 0 Chesterfield

League Two:

  • Cheltenham 0 - 1 Exeter
  • Shrewsbury 1 - 0 Oxford United
  • Tranmere 1 - 2 Burton Albion
  • Bury 0 - 1 Northampton

Errors cost Derby as Wolves rise to seventh

Two errors cost Derby County as they were beaten 2-0 by Wolves at the Molineux.

Cyrus Christie and Scott Golbourne chase the ball Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The first half was competitive, with both sides creating chances. Although Wolves were perhaps lucky to go into half time with eleven men still on the pitch.

Danny Batth appeared to bring down Darren Bent when he was clean through on goal, and the referee gave a free kick. But no card followed, which baffled Derby boss Steve McClaren.

The tempo continued in the second half, with Derby looking the brighter, before Wolves took the lead.

Craig Forsyth gave the ball away and it was played in for Nouha Dicko who did well to fire in.

Nouha Dicko puts Wolves in front Credit: Simon Cooper/EMPICS Sport

Derby responded well, forcing Wolves goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak in a number of saved, while dominating possession.

But Wolves hit them with a sucker punch, with a cross that was sliced into the air, before the usually-solid Derby 'keeper, Lee Grant, punched the ball into his own net.

Wolves rise to seventh while Derby are now six games without a win.

Half time score: Wolves 0-0 Derby County

Wolves' Bakary Sako battles with Derby's Johnny Russell Credit: Barrington Coombs/PA Wire/Press Association Images

At half time in a big game at the top of the Championship, Wolves and Derby County are tied 0-0.

The home side have looked threatening throughout testing Derby 'keeper Lee Grant early on.

But Derby grew into the game with Tom Ince hitting the bar.

Shortly before the break, Darren Bent was brought down when he appeared to be clean through, but referee only gave a free kick, and no cards.

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