Derry born Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy will miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his knee.
Duffy suffered the injury in training yesterday as a result of a blocked tackle. The injury meant that surgery was required after he tore his meniscus. The surgery was successful, however the defender was ruled out for up to four months.
The Republic of Ireland international posted this message earlier on Facebook: “Op went well this morning on my knee gutted thats my season over but I’ll be back stronger and looking forward to a big season next year already. Thanks to everyone that messaged me about it, rehab starts now lets do it!!!”
Speaking to the Derry Journal, the Derry man said he was ‘gutted’ to be missing the upcoming F.A Cup tie against Liverpool. He said: “I’m disappointed to be injured and of course I’m gutted to be missing the F.A Cup game against Liverpool but that’s football for you. I’m looking forward to next year already and I hope to be back fit and getting back in the team as soon as possible.”
The news will no doubt be a blow to Rover’s manager Gary Bowyer with Duffy featuring heavily at the heart of his defence this season. The defender has made 22 appearances and scoring once since joining Blackburn from Everton in a £1.5m deadline day move in the summer. The former Foyle Harps man joined Everton in 2008 after impressing for Northern Ireland u16s. During his time at Everton, Duffy also had successful loan spells with Scunthorpe United and Yeovil Town.