The former Everton talent will miss an FA Cup trip to Anfield.
Blackburn Rovers defender Shane Duffy certainly knows a thing or two about injuries and operations. In 2010, whilst at a Republic of Ireland training camp, he lacerated his liver in a heavy collision with goalkeeper Adrian Walsh. He had to undergo life saving surgery and tip-toe his way back to professional football.
Since then he has come on leaps and bounds and has become a vital member of the Blackburn Rovers team who have pushed on to the FA Cup quarter-finals. As an ex-Everton player he would have been buzzing for their trip to Anfield on the 8th March - but unfortunately he will not be able to play.
He has confirmed on his official Twitter account this morning that he is out for the rest of the season after undergoing a knee operation today.
Op went well this morning on my knee, gutted to miss the rest off this season but will come back stronger I've been through worse!— Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) February 27, 2015
Let's hope the lads have a strong finish to the season now and a big upset in the cup !! #COYB— Shane Duffy (@ShaneDuffy34) February 27, 2015
According to Goal the Blackburn star tore meniscus in his knee in Thursday training and underwent surgery this morning. The injury will rule him out for four months and prematurely ends his season.
Duffy has played 22 games for the club this season and has featured in their last three FA Cup games, including the wins against Swansea and Stoke City - so he will be desperately missed in the game with former rivals Liverpool next month.