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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."

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