Albion's FA Cup rivals suffer copycat injury blow

The Argus: Andrew Crofts - out for the season. Andrew Crofts - out for the season.

Albion's FA Cup fourth round opponents Port Vale have suffered a crushing midfield injury blow of their own.

Florent Cuvelier, signed on loan from Sheffield United for the rest of the season, has been ruled out for five months by cruciate knee ligament damage sustained on his debut against Oldham on Saturday.

Albion are without Andrew Crofts for the rest of the campaign after he ruptured a cruciate in the last home game against Birmingham.

The FA Cup fifth round draw will be broadcast live on ITV at tea-time on Sunday, immediately after coverage of Chelsea's tie against Stoke at Stamford Bridge (3.30pm).

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5:12pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Vince says...

Seems that cruciate knee ligament injuries are in vogue at the moment. A short time ago it was metatarsals. Albion have been well "hamstrung" in recent years.

Is it that the modern game is faster than in the old days. When I was young, players were usually out long term with broken legs. The commonest injuries were pulled muscles and heavy bruising. These days it's all hamsrings and knee injuries!
Seems that cruciate knee ligament injuries are in vogue at the moment. A short time ago it was metatarsals. Albion have been well "hamstrung" in recent years. Is it that the modern game is faster than in the old days. When I was young, players were usually out long term with broken legs. The commonest injuries were pulled muscles and heavy bruising. These days it's all hamsrings and knee injuries! Vince

5:36pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Blue and White Gulls says...

Very frustrating and indeed painful. Frustrating because I am sure that as a footballer he wants to be on the field and not watching especially if he is a first team player guaranteed a starting place; and I am sure that the fans will be disappointed also.
Very frustrating and indeed painful. Frustrating because I am sure that as a footballer he wants to be on the field and not watching especially if he is a first team player guaranteed a starting place; and I am sure that the fans will be disappointed also. Blue and White Gulls

6:39pm Tue 21 Jan 14

raymondo999 says...

Micky Adams v OG, interesting. Seems that even second division, sorry championship, clubs don't take this fine old competition seriously these days. Pity for those of us who remember that day at Wembley, two days actually but let's forget the second one. Grinding out 1-0 wins in the league will never match the glory, so why play your reserve team?
Micky Adams v OG, interesting. Seems that even second division, sorry championship, clubs don't take this fine old competition seriously these days. Pity for those of us who remember that day at Wembley, two days actually but let's forget the second one. Grinding out 1-0 wins in the league will never match the glory, so why play your reserve team? raymondo999

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