We use cookies to provide you with a better service. Carry on browsing if you're happy with this, or find out how to manage cookies.

7 great sport channels

Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA

All free when you join eir Broadband

Subscribe to eir Sport
Published: 10:27 | 3/3/16

Euro 2016 heartache for Brunt


Chris Brunt will play no part in Northern Ireland’s Euro 2016 campaign after undergoing surgery on a knee injury.

Brunt was stretchered off during the Baggies' 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace at the weekend and a subsequent scan revealed that he suffered a rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.

He underwent reconstructive surgery in France on Thursday and is expected to be out for at least six months, ruling him out of this summer’s European Championships.

"It’s a big blow for Chris and everyone is feeling for him right now," manager Tony Pulis confirmed.

"It will be disappointing for us not to have him for the rest of the season because he is a terrific player who gives the team great balance.

"But obviously it is made even more cruel because it has denied him a career highlight with Northern Ireland this summer."

Albion’s Director of Performance Dr Mark Gillett added: "We are hopeful that Chris will be nearing the completion of his rehabilitation towards the start of next season."

Before the club announced the news, Brunt’s team-mate Jonas Olsson admitted it was a cruel blow to the winger.

"It is a shattered dream for him not to be able to represent his country in the Euros," Olsson told reporters. "You feel for him as a team-mate and as a friend.

"I have been playing with him for eight years. It is the first summer really when he was looking forward to something else other than a vacation.

"I just hope he gets back fit and maybe he is there for the next championship [the 2018 World Cup in Russia]. Hopefully there is more to come from him."


Chelsea cancel victory parade

13:47 | Today

Chelsea have cancelled Sunday's planned Premier League victory parade in the wake of the terror attack in Manchester.


Atsu joins Newcastle on permanent deal

13:37 | Today

Newcastle have signed Christian Atsu on a permanent deal from Chelsea.


Wenger admits future is uncertain

11:05 | Today

Arsene Wenger admits he does not know whether Saturday's FA Cup final will be his last match as Arsenal manager.


Sanchez winning fitness battle - Wenger

11:26 | Today

Arsene Wenger is confident Alexis Sanchez will be passed fit for Saturday's FA Cup final against Chelsea.


Terry hits back at criticism of his farewell

14:39 | Today

John Terry insists he 'could not care less' what people think about his controversial substitution in his final Premier League match for Chelsea.


What’s in the eir Sport Pack?

We’ve got heartstopping action across 7 great sports channels, with 42 Premier League games, every Champions League game and every Europa League game, as well as UFC, Allianz Leagues GAA, Golf, F1 and much more.