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Judge to Undergo Surgery on Monday
Saturday, 8th Jun 2019 17:11

Blues midfielder Alan Judge will undergo an operation on Monday on the wrist he broke during the Republic of Ireland’s 1-1 draw in Denmark last night, former Blues boss and current Irish manager Mick McCarthy has revealed.

“They managed to put it back in place I think last night in Denmark,” McCarthy told FAI TV.

"They were conscious of any nerve damage if they didn’t and he may have had to stay. Thankfully he came back and he’s having it done on Monday.

“He’s a groomsman at a wedding today, which he was going to anyway, but I’m not sure how his suit is going to fit him now.

"It’s a shame because I thought he was terrific, I think he helped change the game for us.”

Shane Duffy headed Ireland’s equaliser in the 85th minute from a freekick Judge won and then whipped into the box, but McCarthy was just as pleased with the 30-year-old’s all-round game having come off the bench in the 61st minute to pick up his sixth full cap.

“Everybody knows about that having watched him, his delivery from a freekick, but prior to that just his energy and his ability when he got on the ball,” the Irish manager continued. “He just caused a threat. It’s such a shame because I thought he did really well.”

McCarthy believes Judge, who signed a new two-year deal with the Blues towards the end of the season having initially joined on a short-term deal in January, is back to the peak of his form.

“He’s been training really, really well,” he enthused. “I think he’s got back to his best, since he broke his leg with Brentford, ironically when he was playing against my team, Ipswich.

“And he’s looked really good, so [it’s a shame] for him to get that injury, he had a real chance of playing on Monday [the Euro 2020 qualifier against Gibraltar in Dublin].

“He’s going to have the op on Monday morning and he wants to be at the game on Monday night.”

Whether the injury might have any impact on Judge's involvement in Town’s pre-season remains to be seen, although players regularly play matches with broken wrists, Blues skipper Luke Chambers among them towards the end of last season. The squad is due to return to Playford Road on June 24th.

Meanwhile, Blues boss Paul Lambert was back in playing action for a Borussia Dortmund legends side facing a Liverpool team in Hong Kong earlier today.

Midfielder Lambert, who won the Champions League in his one full season with the Bundesliga side, picked up a second-half yellow card as his side were beaten 3-2 by the Merseysiders.

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ScottCandage added 17:52 - Jun 8
Well of course. Let's just start the season the way we left it off.

Can we get an exorcist into Portman Road?

barrystedmunds added 18:06 - Jun 8
“I thought he was terrific”! Of course you did Mick, of course you did!!!!

roystevensonsrocket added 19:03 - Jun 8
Why was PL the old fool putting his welfare at risk by playing football at 49 .I only say that as I have infinite faith in PL to completely turn our magnificent club around from top to bottom. I suspect we will have quite a good team through next season but an absolute great one the following year . I strongly suspect that within 2 years we will be in the championship playoffs

itsonlyme added 19:24 - Jun 8
Shame but just when we thought we'd left all the bad luck when the season ended - hey ho!

brittaniaman added 20:38 - Jun 8
Trust our player to get injured on Dinos watch, it is a wonder McGoldrick did not get injured as well
Let us hope that our player will be fit for the new season

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 21:10 - Jun 8
Why am I having images of Escape to Victory in my head and McCarthy intentionally stomping on Alan's arm to break it? "Screw you Ipswich" Stomp, snap, SCREAM.


gixxeral added 03:09 - Jun 9
How come MM Mick Mcarsey never mentioned Ipswich? To me he’s the man who nearly destroyed Ipswich. I f####kin hate him....

pegasus added 09:00 - Jun 9
McCarthy's befuddled statement gives no idea as to how serious this injury actually is.

Knightsy added 09:09 - Jun 9
Roystevensrocket, whatever you are on I'd like some of it

People who think we are going to bonce straight back, are on a different planet.

As for being in the Championship Play Offs in 2 years time, that's not going to happen.


Knightsy added 09:10 - Jun 9
*bounce straight back*

NorthLondonBlue2 added 10:28 - Jun 9
Depending upon the procedure etc, 6 weeks is about the recovery time for wrist fracture when surgery is required. The issue will be the wisdom of training during that period as rest is a critical ingredient to heal.

So, in my view, he should be fine for the start of the season in principle. But he will likely need extra time to work on his fitness, so September is probably the worst-case, with a mid-August return quite possible.

londontractorboy57 added 16:24 - Jun 9
gixxeral what a fool you are.

FromIpswichToPhoenix added 20:31 - Jun 9
Oh, Londontractorboy get a sense of humor, mate. Do you honestly think for a second I'd think McCarthy would break his wrist intentionally?

essextractorboy93 added 09:40 - Jun 10
He should be absolutely fine for the start of the season. Might miss the opening friendly game of pre season or a couple of games but he will be able to work on fitness, just needs to avoid heavy contact on that wrist until its fully recovered. Its just under 2 months until the season starts which is plenty of time!

Bildestoned added 11:26 - Jun 10
According to Alexa ‘8 weeks to 6 months’ recovery depending on severity....’ Fingers crossed!

runningout added 16:37 - Jun 10
midfield needs strengthening with Alan Judge and while he’s recovering

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