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Judge ruled out of Euro 2016 with double leg break

The Ireland midfielder suffered the fractures in Brentford’s win over Ipswich Town earlier today.

Judge made his senior international debut in the win over Switzerland two weeks ago.
Judge made his senior international debut in the win over Switzerland two weeks ago.

IRELAND INTERNATIONAL ALAN Judge will not be involved at Euro 2016 after suffering a double leg break on Saturday afternoon.

The 27-year-old Brentford midfielder, who has been their best player this season, was on the receiving end of a heavy challenge from Ipswich Town’s Luke Hyam just eight minutes into their Sky Bet Championship meeting at Portman Road.

The game was stopped for several minutes as a stretcher and paramedics came on to the pitch to assist Judge.

He was then taken to hospital and the club has revealed the extent of the injury in a short statement tonight.

“During today’s Sky Bet Championship game against Ipswich Town, Alan Judge sustained a fracture injury to his lower leg,” it reads.

“The injury was assessed and immobilised locally and Alan has now been transferred to a London hospital where he will managed by the leading lower limb consultant in the country.

“The nature of his management and long-term prognosis cannot be speculated on at this time, however it should be stated that a full recovery is not in question.

“Alan and his family will receive our fullest support and further comment will be provided as we’re able to over the coming days.”

The setback comes just two weeks after Dubliner Judge made his senior debut for Ireland in their 1-0 friendly win over Switzerland at the Aviva Stadium.

He has been hoping to play his way into Martin O’Neill’s plans for this summer’s European Championships, but is now set for a number of months on the sidelines.

Meanwhile, the player who made the challenge has insisted it was accidental.

Ipswich Town midfielder Hyam, who was booked at the time and sent off late in the game, said he is “distraught” after the incident.

“There was nothing malicious in the tackle and I hope Alan recovers quickly,” Hyam told Ipswich’s website.

“I’ve been out injured for a year myself and the last thing I want to see is a fellow pro getting injured like that. I would never wish that on anyone.

I feel distraught over it. It was distressing to see and definitely affected me. My head had gone.

“I know the Brentford lads were getting into me but I should never have reacted the way I did to get sent-off, which was obviously disappointing on my part.

“My thoughts are with Alan though. I’d like to contact him in a day or so and just give him my best and say how sorry I am that he has got injured like that. I just hope he’s back playing as soon as possible.”

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