Sean Dyche confirms enormity of Robbie Brady's injury on the same day he's nominated for player of the month award
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.
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 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."
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.
Brady can take consolation in the fact that his form prior to the injury has earned him a nomination for the Premier League player of the month for November.
Breaking: Premier League player of the month nominations: Robbie Brady, Kevin de Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Shkodran Mustafi, Mohamed Salah, Raheem Sterling, Ashley Young. #SSN— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) December 6, 2017