Burton Albion have been handed a major injury blow less than a week before the start of the 2017/18 Sky Bet Championship campaign.
Liam Boyce has suffered a serious injury and will be out for the vast majority of the season, Burton Albion’s official website has confirmed.
While playing in pre-season friendly against Shrewsbury Town last Saturday, Liam Boyce was stretchered off with fans fearing the worst.
That fear has become a reality after Burton Albion confirmed that Boyce has ruptured his anterior cruciate ligaments in his left knee.
ACL injuries are notoriously serious and Burton Albion expect the club’s record signing to be sidelined for most of the season, before he has even played a competitive game in yellow.
The Northern Ireland international only arrived from Ross County earlier in this transfer window after finishing as the top goal scorer in the Scottish Premiership.
He was unveiled as Burton Albion’s marquee signing this summer as they look to kick on after defying all odds and surviving the drop in their first season ever at second tier level.
However, their survival hopes have just been dented by this latest injury news.
Whether Nigel Clough opts to dip back into the transfer market and sign another striker or rely on his current options remains to be seen.
The Brewers have Luke Varney and Marvin Sordell up top.
This is horrendous news, both for Burton Albion and Liam Boyce.
The 26-year-old had waited for his chance to make a name for himself in England and he finally earned his big move, only to be ruled out before the season started.
Whether Boyce can rediscover his goal scoring touch when he returns from injury is another question.
As for Burton, their plans would have been shattered: Boyce would have played a central role in Clough’s preparations.
Burton fans – what do you make of the Boyce injury? Do you need another striker? Let us know below…