The Republic of Ireland international has been in fine form this season and at the centre of speculation linking him with a possible move away from the Hawthorns. But Long, who made the £5million switch from Reading during the summer of 2011, is happy with life under head coach Steve Clarke. “Am I committed to West Brom for next season? Yes, I’m happy here,” said the striker. Press Association Shane Long has pledged his future to West Brom for next season – and hopes he can continue his successful partnership with on-loan Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku. “I like playing for the manager here. He is very good, and I’m learning a lot every week. “The lads are a good bunch, the family are happy up here, so I’m not looking to move on. “I’m concentrating on this season and hopefully getting a few more goals before the summer and kicking on from there.” Nine-goal Long and Lukaku, who has been on target 12 times, have been key players in seventh-placed Albion’s push for a Europa League spot. Long is surprised Chelsea did not recall him during January but hopes the 19-year-old will return on loan to West Brom next season. He said: “They paid £18million for him. I thought they’d bring him in with a view to bringing him off the bench and giving him games and forcing his way into the team. I suppose with Demba Ba coming in there, rather than having Rom sitting in the reserves at Chelsea it is better to put him on loan to us, playing games every week and showing what he can do. “Hopefully he will come back next season.”
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Press Association Allardyce confirmed the knee injury and believes it has ended Diarra’s season just two weeks into the new campaign. “Alou got injured the other night unfortunately,” Allardyce said. “The injury is more serious than we expected and it is an ACL [anterior cruciate ligament] reconstruction unfortunately. “That will probably finish his season, that is a big blow to us in squad terms. He was hoping to forge his way into the side this season but, obviously with the injury, now that wont be the case.” The 32-year-old, who missed a large chunk of last season with a hamstring problem, lasted only 34 minutes of the 2-1 second-round win over the Sky Bet League Two side on Tuesday. Capped 44 times by France, Diarra has failed to earn a regular place in the West Ham side since joining from Marseille at the start of last term and was loaned to Rennes in January. West Ham midfielder Alou Diarra can expect to miss the rest of the season after suffering a knee injury in the Capital One Cup win over Cheltenham, manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed.