Andre Dozzell to miss rest of season for Ipswich Town after tearing cruciate ligament

Andre Dozzell will miss the rest of the season. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD

Andre Dozzell will miss the rest of the season. Picture: PAGEPIX LTD - Credit: Archant

Ipswich Town have confirmed midfielder Andre Dozzell is likely to miss the rest of the season after tearing a cruciate ligament.

Andre Dozzell is taken from the pitch after being injured in the Ipswich Town v Birmingham City (Sky

Andre Dozzell is stretchered off with the knee injury he suffered on the opening day of the 2017/18 season. Photo: Steve Waller - Credit: Picture: Steve Waller

The 18-year-old had to be taken off on a stretcher at the end of the first half of Town’s season-opening game against Birmingham on Saturday.

He now faces surgery, expected to take place next week, which will take him out of action for the rest of the season.

The club said he had seen a specialist last night and added that the surgery had an estimated nine-month recovery period.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy said on the club’s website: “I saw Dozzer yesterday and he was very down time. He is bound to be.

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“It’s the season out for him and it’s very disappointing, for us but especially for Dozzer.

“He will get looked after well by our medical staff and we wish him as quick a recovery as possible.”

Ipswich are facing League Two side Luton Town away this evening for their first round Carabao Cup tie – see here for our preview to the game.

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