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Northern Ireland star Boyce to miss most of the season with injury

Northern Ireland forward Liam Boyce has been ruled out for most of the 2017/18 season after rupturing an anterior cruciate ligament.

Boyce, 26, joined Burton Albion during the summer for a club record fee from Ross County but sustained the nightmare injury in Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Shrewsbury.

"Burton Albion striker Liam Boyce will miss most of the season after an injury picked up in the pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury," the Sky Bet Championship club confirmed on their official website.

"He went for a scan on the injury (on Monday night), which has revealed a left knee rupture.

"The ACL injury is expected to keep the Northern Ireland international on the sidelines for most of the season."

Boyce, who was stretchered off at Shrewsbury, was the Scottish Premiership's top scorer with 23 goals last season.

His injury is a blow for Northern Ireland with crunch World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino, Czech Republic and Germany coming up in September.

It is also bad news for his new club, who defied the odds to survive their only campaign in the Championship by drawing at Barnsley in their penultimate game last season.

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