Devastating knee injury set to rule Robbie Brady out for rest of season

Robbie Brady's lay-off period will be confirmed by Burnley today with the Ireland star unlikely to feature again this season.

The midfielder was left clutching his knee during the first half of the Clarets' defeat to Leicester City following an awkward but accidental collision with his former Hull City team-mate Harry Maguire. He had to leave the pitch on a stretcher - writes

Since then, the 25-year-old Brady has spent the last few days in hospital undergoing scans and medical experts are believed to have diagnosed a tear of his patellar tendon.

Such a serious injury, which can involve the tendon detaching from the kneecap, typically sidelines a player for between four and six months, thereby making it a long shot for any game-time this season. Burnley boss Sean Dyche, who had expressed his fear on the gravity the injury after the game, will provide more details on a recovery time-scale today.

From an international perspective, the Dubliner will definitely miss Ireland's pair of friendlies pencilled in for March and is a major doubt for the summer dates. The FAI have a number of options for friendlies in May and June, including interest from the United States and Australia. There is no fear for now, however, that Brady won't return in time for the UEFA Nations League kicking off next September.

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