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Burton's record-signing Boyce set for operation after season-ending knee injury

Burton striker Liam Boyce will undergo surgery after being ruled out for the 2017/18 season due to a knee injury.

Boyce, who the Brewers signed for a club record transfer fee from Ross County in June, ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in last Saturday's friendly defeat at Shrewsbury.

"He's seeing a specialist (on Wednesday) morning then hopefully we will have a better indication as to when the operation will be and we will take it from there," Burton boss Nigel Clough told the club's official website.

"Sometimes when there is a lot of swelling they like to let it settle down for a few weeks before they operate.

"He's not had too much swelling so we're hoping to get him in sooner rather than later and then the recovery process starts from there."

Northern Ireland international Boyce, 26, the Scottish Premiership's top scorer with 23 goals last season, is unlikely to return to action before April.

"We're just saying he's out for the season for now as it's a minimum of seven months," Clough added.

"If he went in for the operation tomorrow, by the time he gets up to speed and everything you're talking well into April so I think we're safe to say he's out for the season. "

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