Ireland midfielder Callum O'Dowda 'devastated' as he suffers injury blow
Ireland midfielder Callum O'Dowda has undergone ankle surgery after picking up an injury playing for Bristol City against Hull last weekend.
O'Dowda has emerged as a rising start of the Ireland national team in the last few months, with boss Martin O'Neill giving him a chance to shine in key World Cup qualifiers.
Yet he now looks set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines, after it was confirmed he has been forced to go under the knife to repair damage to his ankle.
"Callum will undergo a diagnostic arthroscope operation to ascertain any damage sustained in the challenge and stabilise the ankle joint," confirmed Bristol City physio Steve Allen.
"Once the surgery has taken place, we should have a clearer indication as to how long we will be without Callum for."
Meanwhile, O'Dowda thanked his supporters with a Twitter message after they sent him message of encouragement.
"Devastated to have to undergo surgery for my injury," he wrote. "I will be working extremely hard and I am determined to come back stronger than ever. Thanks for the support, it hasn't gone unnoticed."