Brady likely out for rest of sea­son

Irish Examiner - Sport - - SOCCER -

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.

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