An ankle operation is going to keep Republic of Ireland international Callum O’Dowda out of action for up to 3 months according to reports.
He suffered the injury playing for Bristol City in a 3-2 win over Hull City on Saturday. Early reports indicated that he could be out of action for up to three months.
O'Dowda had netted two goals and contributed three assists in the last seven games as Bristol currently occupy fifth place in the Championship.
The winger made a breakthrough into Martin O’Neill’s squad during the recent World Cup qualification campaign, damaged his ankle at the weekend.
O’Dowda’s fine form saw him earn a starting place in the team that held Denmark to a 0-0 draw away from home.
Addressing the injury O’Dowda tweeted: "Devastated to have to undergo surgery for my injury.
"I will be working extremely hard and I am determined to come back stronger than ever.
"Thanks for the support, it hasn't gone unnoticed."
City head physio Steve Allen couldn’t offer details on a timeline of O’Dowda’s return. He told the club's website:
"Callum will undergo a diagnostic arthroscope operation to ascertain any damage sustained in the challenge and stabilise the ankle joint.
"Once the surgery has taken place, we should have a clearer indication as to how long we will be without Callum for."