Long term absentee Alan Judge is facing a fight to be fit to feature for Brentford at the start of next season according to Get West London.

The 28-year-old Dublin born midfielder has been sidelined for almost 14 months as a result of a double lower-leg fracture sustained in a Sky Bet Championship fixture against Ipswich Town last April.

Judge has been recovering from the injury over the past few months and recently went under the surgeon’s knife to help speed up the healing process however it is thought that the player may not be fit for the beginning of pre-season and could miss the opening matches of the new campaign.

After spending so long out of action it is thought that Brentford will not rush Judge back into training until the player has recovered fully from his devastating injury and The Bees are likely to take their time in permitting the Republic of Ireland international midfielder to build up his fitness.

Judge signed for Brentford from Blackburn Rovers in summer 2014 following a successful loan spell at Griffin Park. Prior to his injury, the player had gone on to become a key player for The Bees with the midfielder making 102 appearances for West Londoners, scoring 24 goals. The player was named the Brentford Supporters’ Player of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year for the 2015/2016 campaign.

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