West Brom boss disappointed with defender

Hodgson feels Shane Long's tackle was viciousRoy Hodgson has criticised Aston Villa defender Alan Hutton, and has labelled his tackle on West Brom’s Shane Long as ‘vicious’.
The Irish forward is now facing a long spell on the side-lines after suffering damaged knee ligaments due to Hutton’s lunging first-half challenge.

The Baggies’ boss awaits the results of a scan on the Republic of Ireland international early next week, but has admitted he does not expect any good news.
Hodgson is certain that Long was lucky not to suffer a broken leg in the challenge, but admits he was left ‘angered’ by the tackle.

“I don’t think it will be good news when the scan comes through because it was such a vicious challenge,” said Hodgson.

“I’ll remain optimistic but I’ll be surprised if the doctors come to me at the beginning of next week and say Shane is perfectly okay.
“I suppose he has got to consider himself lucky he hasn’t got two broken bones in his leg but I would think it is a serious knee injury.”

Hodgson added: “I was disappointed with that challenge by Hutton and not only saddened by it, but angered by it.

“I don’t think there is any room in football for those type of challenges on the field and overall the game wasn’t like that.”

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