Date: 19th April 2019 at 6:30am
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Yesterday afternoon West Bromwich Albion confirmed that former England midfielder Gareth Barry would soon undergo surgery to correct a knee problem he’s been struggling with since the beginning of last March.

Interim head coach Jimmy Shan confirmed the news on as he undertook his press duties ahead of Good Friday’s Championship clash with Hull City at The Hawthorns and Barry himself explained.

“It’s a massive disappointment for me but I just have to accept I need the surgery. I have tried to manage the injury in order to see the campaign through to the finishing line but it’s just not been possible. But I’ll be backing the boys all the way. Promotion is still very much the focus and I’ll be around to offer what ever help I can from the sidelines. Having the operation now means I should be ready for pre-season training. I have enjoyed my football this season and still feel I have a lot to offer.”

The 38-year-old has had a mixed time at the club following his arrival from Everton back in 2017 as it coincided with a bad spell under former managers, a Spanish shambles and our relegation from the Premier League, but his efforts this season in his 27 appearances have largely won his doubters back over as he played the steady head in midfield.

We haven’t seen him since March 1 and the heavy defeat to Leeds United and he was replaced by James Morrison in the 63rd minute. With the issue not clearing up naturally, the decision has been taken to end his season early with hopes that surgery will see him return ready for the 2019/20 campaign.

Given his advanced years, it’s understandable fans have reacted to this news as they have.