Thursday 21 February 2019

Brady faces long spell on sidelines with knee injury woe

Ireland and Burnley forward Robbie Brady
Ireland and Burnley forward Robbie Brady

Ireland and Burnley forward Robbie Brady faces a "substantial" absence and knee surgery following the injury sustained at Leicester last Saturday.

Brady has made 31 appearances for the Clarets since his then club record signing from Norwich, for a fee reportedly rising to £13million. No time frame was placed on his rehabilitation.

Burnley boss Sean Dyche said on the club's official website: "Robbie will have surgery to repair a patellar tendon tear and will be out for a substantial recovery period.

"He will be given all the time and care he needs on his recovery and supported throughout from all of us at Burnley Football Club."

The 25-year-old scored his first goal of the season at Bournemouth, helping Burnley to a fourth away win and their best start to a top-flight season since 1973-74. The Clarets are seventh ahead of Saturday's match at home to Watford.

  • Ex-Dundalk man Patrick McEleney is understood to be weighing up options from England, Scotland and the United States which could spell the end of his League of Ireland career.

The 25-year-old said: "It's dragging on a bit now but I expected that anyway. There has been interest from here and other places like America, England and Scotland. But I'm just going to take my time and try and make the right decision."

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