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Injury worries for Brady as Ireland international leaves the pitch on a stretcher

The Burnley man’s leg was put into a protective brace after a clash with Leicester City defender Harry Maguire.

Updated at 17.15

IRELAND’S ROBBIE BRADY lasted less than a half-hour of today’s Premier League meeting between Burnley and Leicester City at the King Power Stadium.

The Dubliner, who has been in excellent form for the Clarets in recent weeks, was involved in a heavy collision with Foxes midfielder Harry Maguire on 27 minutes with the home side leading 1-0.

Leicester City v Burnley - Premier League - King Power Stadium Maguire shakes Brady's hand as he's stretchered off the field. Source: Nigel French

The 25-year-old required treatment from Burnley’s medical staff and, after his leg was put in a brace, left the field on a stretcher with Scott Arfield coming on.

While the extent of the injury is not yet known, it will be a major cause of concern for manager Sean Dyche ahead of the busy Christmas period.

Ireland internationals Stephen Ward and Jeff Hendrick all played for the visitors but it was Demarai Gray’s early goal that earned Leicester a 1-0 home win, maintaining their momentum under new manager Claude Puel.

The Foxes have now collected 11 points from six league games since the Frenchman’s appointment as Craig Shakespeare’s successor, losing only to leaders Manchester City. Leicester were in front early in beating Tottenham 2-1 on Tuesday and the hosts made a similarly strong start here by scoring the opening goal after six minutes.

A Riyad Mahrez cross evaded the entire Burnley back line, with goalkeeper Nick Pope pushing the ball straight out to Gray, who tapped in his second Premier League goal of the season, though his momentum saw him clatter into the post.

Burnley, who had won four of their last five Premier League games, saw Johann Gudmundsson waste a fine second-half chance to level. Leicester’s revival sees the 2015-16 champions remain ninth but narrow the gap to those above them, having extended a 10-year unbeaten home record in the league against the Clarets, who drop a place to seventh.

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