Ireland star Robbie Brady has begun the long road to recovery after undergoing surgery on the serious knee injury he sustained in Burnley’s 1-0 defeat at Leicester City last Saturday.
The 25-year-old suffered a torn patella tendon in a collision with Leicester’s Harry Maguire and, though the Clarets have not confirmed his campaign is over, a six-month layoff is expected.
On the plus side, Burnley boss Sean Dyche yesterday reported that Brady’s operation has been a success.
“The surgeon, who has done most of our players, was very happy with the work that was done,” Dyche told the Burnley website.
“I have spoken to him briefly and he’s fine. He understands it and he’s been talked through the plan of attack from now, leading to when he’s fit.”
Dyche refused to speculate on a timeframe for Brady’s return but said the player will be back before he knows it.
“Any timescale at the moment would be too general,” he said.
“He will be moving very quickly. We look forward to seeing him, first of all just moving around the training ground and getting on with it, and then obviously when he’s fit.
“It always amazes me the way they get lads through these operations and before you know it they’re wandering around the training ground. Life goes quickly and it will soon come back round for him to join in again.”
While a huge blow for the player personally, Dyche said his injury provides an opportunity for someone to fill the void created by Brady’s absence.
“Robbie’s done very well this season. I think he’s moulded into what we do as a group and his part within that. But it opens up another gap and an opportunity.
“We’ve got a demanding group now. I have mentioned many times my belief in the whole group and here’s another chance for it to show.”
Jeff Hendrick knows Brady better than most, as a team-mate with club and country, and believes his fellow Dubliner will be a loss in terms of both ability and personality.
“It’s definitely going to be a blow,” he admitted. “You can see, especially in his last few performances, the confidence and the way he was playing.
“He was getting on the ball, he scored a lovely goal against Bournemouth, and he was setting up chances. We’re all gutted for him, and we hope he gets better.
“He’s got his one-liners too, he’s got good stories and he sits beside me in the changing room. We have a laugh, so he’s definitely going to be a miss.
“It is sad news but we’ll still have him around and he lives beside me so I can get him to tell me a few jokes back home.
“He is strong mentally so I’m sure he will be okay.”
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