Chris Brunt’s Euro 2016 dream left ‘shattered’ by cruciate injury

Chris Brunt's Euro dream appears over
Chris Brunt's Euro dream appears over

Northern Ireland star Chris Brunt’s Euro 2016 dream has been “shattered” after learning he will miss this summer’s tournament with a knee injury.

Brunt was stretchered off during West Brom’s 3-2 victory over Crystal Palace last Saturday.

Results from scans are expected to reveal that the 31-year-old suffered cruciate ligament damage – ruling him out for the rest of the season and this summer’s European Championship finals in France.

It is a devastating blow for Brunt who was a prominent feature in Michael O’Neill’s side during a mesmerising qualifying campaign.

Brunt has earned 54 caps for his country, and was looking forward to adding to that tally in France.

West Brom team-mate Jonas Olsson said: “It is a shattered dream for him not to be able to represent his country in the Euros.

“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.”