Brady likely out for rest of season
Robbie Brady is unlikely to play again this season after tearing the patellar tendon of his knee in Burnley’s game at Leicester City on Saturday.
The Republic of Ireland midfielder was stretchered off in the first half of the Clarets’ defeat following an accidental clash with Harry Maguire, his former teammate at Hull City.
Brady has since been examined by specialists and spent time in hospital this week, with an extended programme of rehabilitation ahead before he can countenance returning to action.
A tear of the tendon, which can detach from the kneecap, usually triggers a four-month lay-off. Initial fears by Burnley boss Sean Dyche that the injury was serious have proved correct.
Brady had only begun to starting to show his true form this season in the last week by scoring a screamer at Bournemouth. This setback rules him out of the couple of friendlies Ireland have planned for late March. Whether he’s back to fitness for the summer series of friendlies, most likely to include a trip to the US, is unclear, but the Dubliner shouldn’t have any problems being available for the start of the Uefa Nations League which kicks off next September.