Saturday 16 December 2017

Ireland's Alan Judge vows to be back better than ever as leg break all but ends Euros dream

Alan Judge, left, in action for the Republic of Ireland
Alan Judge, left, in action for the Republic of Ireland

Tom Rooney

Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge has vowed to come back better than ever after a nasty leg injury sustained on club duty over the weekend looks to have ended his hopes of playing in the European Championships.

Brentford playmaker Judge, who made his international debut in last month’s friendly victory over Switzerland, was carted off after just eight minutes of his side’s Championship match away to Ipswich.

The 27-year-old fell victim to a hefty challenge from Luke Hyam, who was only booked for the offence but was later dismissed. Ipswich went on to win the game at Portman Road by 3-1.

Judge was reported to be in severe pain and the attending paramedics even administered oxygen, such was his discomfort.

Brentford later confirmed that Judge had sustained a fracture in his lower leg and was facing a considerable recovery period, which will almost certainly go well into the summer. As such, it is highly unlikely Martin O’Neill will be able to call on him for the tournament in France.

Despite Brentford having a mixed campaign this season, Judge’s form has been stellar as he’s netted 14 goals from midfield.

Ireland could well feel his absence all the more acutely should Wes Hoolahan suffer any injuries in the coming months.

Aside from Judge, Newcastle goalkeeper Rob Elliot is also out of the reckoning for the Euros after he suffered anterior cruciate ligament damage in last month’s second friendly against Slovakia. He is expected to be out for up to six months.

Online Editors

Promoted Links

Sport Newsletter

The best sport action straight to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Sport