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West Brom's Brunt to miss Euro 2016

Brunt will be out for six months. Credit: PA

West Brom midfielder Chris Brunt will be out for six months with a serious knee injury - ruling him out of Northern Ireland's Euro 2016 campaign.

The 31-year-old was carried off on Saturday after landing awkwardly in the first half of Albion's 3-2 win over Crystal Palace.

Scans showed he ruptured the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and he underwent surgery to repair the damage on Thursday, meaning he will miss the rest of the Barclays Premier League season as well as the summer's European Championships.

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Man wanted over fifteen domestic violence offences

Derlip Kumar Credit: West Midlands Police

Police are trying to trace a man from West Bromwich wanted for fifteen outstanding domestic violence offences.

Derlip Kumar has breached a restraining order banning him from contacting the victim on multiple occasions.

36-year-old Kumar was staying at an address in Nicholls Street in West Bromwich but has not been seen since 2 February.

He has links to Sandwell, Dudley, Birmingham and Solihull and is described as Asian, 6ft 3ins tall, athletic build with short dark hair.

Anyone who knows of Kumar’s whereabouts should call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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Closures on M5 and M6 because of 'police incident'

A "police incident" has forced closures on the M6 and M5. Credit: PA

The M5 Northbound and M6 Southbound are closed near West Bromwich because of a "police incident".

  • The M5 Northbound is closed at the link road to the M6 South carriageway. There is congestion back to J1 A41 / A4252 (West Bromwich / Birmingham)
  • The M6 Southbound is blocked on the M5 Link Road at J8 M5. There is congestion to J10 A454 / B4464 (Wolverhampton / Walsall)

Police make arrest over West Brom coin throw

West Bromwich Albion's Chris Brunt (left) was hit by a coin thrown from the crowd during his side's FA Cup match with Reading. Credit: PA

Police have made an arrest as they investigate the incident that saw West Brom's Chris Brunt hit by a coin.

The midfielder appeared to be struck as he approached his own club's fans following Albion's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.

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Tony Pulis will not discuss West Brom future until the end of this season

West Brom boss Tony Pulis has refused to commit his future to The Hawthorns.

The manager's contract expires in 2017 but he has offered no assurances he will stay and will seek talks with chairman Jeremy Peace in the summer.

Pulis will not discuss his West Brom future until the summer Credit: PA

Pulis has come under fire from fans after Saturday's 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading and tempers boiled over when Chris Brunt was hit by a coin thrown from the Albion section following the final whistle.

He told the BBC: "Let's get through the season, let's sit down and see where we go from there. The most important thing is to try and keep the club up in the Premier League.

"I'll sit down with Jeremy and we'll take it from there."

Pulis has been in charge since January 2015, replacing Alan Irvine, signing a two-and-a-half year deal. Albion are 14th in the Barclays Premier League but have won just twice in their last 11 games in all competitions

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West Brom's Chris Brunt urges coin-throwing fan to come forward

Chris Brunt reacts angrily after a coin is thrown from the crowd after the FA Cup defeat at Reading Credit: Reuters

Chris Brunt insists he could have been blinded after being hit by a coin thrown from West Brom's own fans.

The Northern Ireland international was hit under his left eye by a coin thrown from the visiting section as he went to hand his shirt over to a Baggies supporter following their 3-1 FA Cup defeat at Reading on Saturday.

The police are treating the incident as assault with the Football Association also investigating while Press Association Sport understands Albion will issue a lifetime ban to anyone found guilty.

Brunt confronts the West Brom fans at the Madejski Stadium Credit: Reuters

Brunt was then involved in a heated exchange with a group of fans and believes the coin may have blinded him.

"It could have done but it is done now, you can accept criticism and accept people having a go at you in games for not playing well individually or as a team but you can't accept people throwing stuff," he said.

"I can't pick that coin up and throw it back at him. If I did that I would be all over the news and probably sitting in a police cell. It is definitely not on.

Brunt is ushered off the pitch by teammate Darren Fletcher Credit: PA

"I was pretty angry in the heat of the moment. I didn't see what happened, I turned around and got hit by a coin. I don't know who threw it , I don't know where it came from. It is a brave man to throw a coin from there and a braver man if he admits to it.

"I don't really see how that was any different to whacking someone in the street. We are not allowed to do it and nobody is allowed to do it in the street so why should he be allowed to throw coins at football matches?

Brunt suffered a cut under his left eye in the incident Credit: Reuters

Brunt does not expect anyone who threw the coin to apologise to him despite widespread condemnation about the incident.

He said: "Probably not, but it would show and make him a bigger man than what he was to throw a coin from 20 yards away to hit me in the head if he owned up to it. You are throwing football back 20 years with some of the behaviour there.

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