Burnley’s Robbie Brady is expected to miss the remainder of the season with a serious knee injury.
The Republic of Ireland wide man landed awkwardly on his favoured left leg during Saturday’s clash against Leicester City and was stretchered off the field with his leg in a brace, in obvious pain. Following the game, which the Clarets lost 1-0 thanks to an early Demarai Gray goal, Burnley boss Sean Dyche said “We’re waiting on factual news but it looks more serious than not serious to me.” Scans can now confirm that Brady has ruptured a tendon in his left knee.
Brady’s injury will come as a knock to Burnley as they have been enjoying a good start to the season, sitting in seventh place in the Premier League and taking points off teams such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs on their own stomping ground. Brady has also been one of the Claret’s main men, providing three goals in all competitions including a spectacular free-kick against Leeds United and a rocket of a strike in the midweek victory against Bournemouth.
Burnley fans seem understandably worried about their £13m winger and are unsure of their options, the only consolation being Canadian international Scott Arfield who held the left-wing place before Brady and the looming transfer window to find a possible replacement. The Lancashire side also have players such as Charlie Taylor, who is naturally a left-back, who could slot into the first-team as Dyche and the management team assess their options for the January transfer window.
The Clarets were previously linked with a loan move for Everton winger Aaron Lennon but the deal fell through, might that be an option once again considering the start that Everton have had to the season and Burnley’s unexpected form?
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