Zoltan Gera was this week due to check back into Albion’s training headquarters to start his rehabilitation following successful knee surgery.
The Hungarian underwent surgery on his left knee at the weekend after suffering major cruciate damage. Today the 32-year-old starts the long road back to full fitness.
Albion are hopeful Gera will be ready to resume pre-season training in July, in readiness for the club’s 2012-13 campaign.
Vladan Filipovics, Gera’s agent, agreed with that prognosis, conceding there was little hope of an early return.
Speaking to Hungarian media this week, Filipovics said: “After an injury like this a six-month absence is the minimum period for recovery.
“But I trust in the doctors and believe that a miracle will happen. Realistically he may only return to full fitness for next summer’s preparations.
“He will handle this as a professional and do his best to come back as soon as he can.
“The surgery was successful so Zoltan can start his rehabilitation in the near future.
“An outstanding medical team are monitoring his recovery but it is not yet known when he can come back.”