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Brady Starts Road Back After Surgery

Successful knee operation for Robbie Brady as opportunity opens for others

7 December 2017

Robbie Brady has undergone successful knee surgery and mapped out his return to fitness.

Brady will be a long-term absentee for the Clarets after injuring his left knee in last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Leicester City.

The in-form winger went under the knife on Wednesday and had an operation to repair damage to the patellar tendon.

“The surgeon, who has done most of our players, was very happy with the work that was done,” confirmed manager Sean Dyche.

“I have spoken to him briefly and he’s fine.

“He understands it and he’s been talked through the plan of attack from now, leading to when he’s fit.

"Any timescale at the moment would be too general.

Robbie Brady has been an ever-present in the Premier League this season

“He will be moving very quickly. We look forward to seeing him, first of all just moving around the training ground and getting on with it, and then obviously when he’s fit.

“Life goes quickly and it will soon come back round for him to join in again.”

The absence of Brady will be felt, with the Republic of Ireland international, 25, playing the best football of his Clarets career to help Dyche’s side make the most productive start to a top-flight season at Turf Moor for 35 years.

But the manager is backing others to fill the gap, as well as looking to the January transfer market for possible reinforcements.

“We will be looking to be active. It’s an on-going thing for us, recruitment. We aren’t a club that can just cherry pick. I think it just sharpens that focus, more than anything,” added Dyche.

“Robbie’s done very well this season. I think he’s moulded into what we do as a group and his part within that.

“But it opens up another gap and an opportunity.

“We’ve got a demanding group now. I have mentioned many times my belief in the whole group and here’s another chance for it to show.”

Meanwhile, Dyche confirmed that captain Ben Mee has a "strong chance" of being fit to face Watford at Turf Moor on Saturday after needing a couple of stitches in his knee following the loss at Leicester.

Matt Lowton remains touch-and-go with a knee problem, while Jon Walters stepped up his comeback from injury with a 50-minute run-out in an in-house game on Tuesday.

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