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'I will achieve my dream one way or another' - Judge vows to return stronger after horrific leg break

The Ireland international has issued a positive statement following a cruel injury blow.

Judge in hospital with his two kids.
Judge in hospital with his two kids.
Image: Alan Judge/Twitter

ALAN JUDGE IS on the road to recovery and the Ireland international has vowed to return stronger after he was dealt a cruel injury blow over the weekend.

The Brentford midfielder suffered a horrific double fracture to his right leg during Saturday’s game against Ipswich Town and will now miss this summer’s European Championships.

The 27-year-old, who had scored 14 goals in the league this season, is likely to be sidelined for several months but he painted a positive outlook in a statement released on his Twitter account last night.

From his hospital bed, he wrote:

“First of all, I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support from the Bees fans, players I have and have not played with and from fans of other clubs around the country.

“It has been very touching to me and my family. This is football, things like this happen, that’s life.

“I will be back stronger and much better than I have been before. I will achieve my dream one way or the other. Nothing will hold me back.”

Judge, who also posted a picture of himself and his young son and daughter, made his Ireland debut in the recent Easter friendly double-header and was in contention to make Martin O’Neill’s squad for France.

Judge was on the receiving end of a hefty challenge from Ipswich’s Luke Hyam in the opening stages of the Championship fixture at Portman Road on Saturday.

Brentford boss Dean Smith admitted afterwards that he feared the worst after hearing the impact of the collision from the touchline.

Hyam, who was later sent off in the game, said that he was ‘distraught’ over Judge’s injury and apologised to the Dubliner.

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