Freddie Sears out for up to a year with ACL injury

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Ipswich forward Freddie Sears was left 'devastated' after being told he faces up to a year on the sidelines with a cruciate injury.

Ipswich forward Freddie Sears was left ‘devastated’ after being told he faces up to a year on the sidelines with a cruciate injury.

The former West Ham player damaged his knee in a tackle with Norwich’s Tom Trybull during Sunday’s 3-0 derby defeat at Carrow Road.

A scan has shown Sears suffered an ACL injury and the 29-year-old will undergo surgery in the next couple of weeks before embarking on the long road to recovery.

Town physio Matt Byard told the club’s website: ‘The scan has confirmed a cruciate ligament injury in his right knee.

‘He will see a specialist later this week who will determine the timeframe but it’s likely that surgery will take place in the next two weeks.

‘We will know more from the specialist but with this type of injury, you are looking at nine to 12 months recovery.

Sears, who has scored six goals in 26 appearances this season, added: ‘I’m obviously devastated but I want to thank the fans for their support.’

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