Alan Judge thanks the football community for its support after suffering a broken leg

The Brentford winger was linked with promotion chasers Sheffield Wednesday and Burnley in January.

Brentford's Republic of Ireland midfielder Alan Judge has thanked the football community for its support after he was ruled out of Euro 2016 with a broken leg.

The 27-year-old was expected to leave Griffin Park in the summer, with the Bees reportedly turning down bids from promotion-chasers Burnley and Sheffield Wednesday in January.

And fans of clubs from all over the country passed on their best wishes after Judge's fears were confirmed, following a robust challenge by Ipswich Town's Luke Hyam in the early stages of Saturday's 3-1 win at Portman Road.

Judge, who began his career at Blackburn Rovers and played for Plymouth Argyle and Notts County before Brentford, posted a message of thanks on Twitter last night, alongside a photo of himself and his two children lying on a hospital bed.

"First of all I would like to thank everyone for their messages of support from the bees fans, players I have and have not played with and from fans of other clubs around the country," wrote the 14-goal star.

"It has been very touching to me and my family. This is football things like this happen that's life. I will be back stronger and much better than I have been before.

"I will achieve my dream one way or the other nothing will hold me back."

Judge admitted in February he would consider his options in the summer, having opted to remain in west London as a show of respect to the club with whom he's spent the past two and a half years.

However, his injury appears to have scuppered those plans.

In a statement, Brentford said they were unable to put a timescale on his recovery at this stage.

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