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Brentford midfielder Alan Judge grateful for support after leg break


Alan Judge, left, in action for the Republic of Ireland

Alan Judge, left, in action for the Republic of Ireland

Alan Judge, left, in action for the Republic of Ireland

Brentford midfielder Alan Judge has expressed his thanks for all the messages of support he has received after breaking his leg in Saturday's 3-1 win at Ipswich.

Judge, who started for the Republic of Ireland in their 1-0 win against Switzerland last month, will miss the remainder of the Sky Bet Championship season and looks likely to miss out on the European Championship.

The 27-year-old was carried off after two minutes following a strong tackle by Ipswich's Luke Hyam.

Judge took to Twitter on Sunday and through his account @10judgey posted a photo from his hospital bed along with the following message: "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."

A statement from Brentford after the game read: "During today's Sky Bet Championship game against Ipswich Town, Alan Judge sustained a fracture injury to his lower leg.

"The injury was assessed and immobilised locally and Alan has now been transferred to a London hospital where he will be 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."