West Brom's Shane Long will miss six weeks with a knee injury

Shane Long hobbles off at Villa Park
Long has scored three Premier League goals this season

West Brom striker Shane Long is set for six weeks on the sidelines recovering from the knee injury he sustained in the 2-1 win at Aston Villa.

Baggies manager Roy Hodgson claimed Republic of Ireland international Long was lucky not to have "two broken legs" following a challenge from Alan Hutton.

Scans have revealed severe bone bruising and a small bone chip inside his right knee.

Long will now miss his country's Euro 2012 play-off with Estonia.

The forward, who joined from Reading in the summer, would have been sure to play a key role for Giovanni Trapattoni's team in the double header on 11 November and 15 November.

But he will now be absent until West Brom's trip to QPR on 3 December at the earliest.

Hutton's two-footed lunge forced Long to limp off the pitch during the first half at Villa Park.

"It will be very interesting to see what the experts think but I thought it was an appalling tackle," Hodgson said after the match.

"Shane's lucky not to have two broken legs. He has a serious knee injury I would think."

Hutton escaped unpunished for the incident, with his manager Alex McLeish defending the challenge.

McLeish said: "Hutton got to the ball first and it's difficult for players to pull out of challenges like that."