Loan chase on for Brentford star Judge

Alan Judge of Brentford in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Brentford at Loftus Road on March 12, 2016 in London, England.

HITC Sport understands a number of clubs are chasing fit-again Brentford star on loan.

Alan Judge of Brentford in action during the The Emirates FA Cup Third Round match between Brentford and Notts Country at Griffin Park on January 6, 2018 in Brentford, England.

A number of Championship and League One clubs are eyeing loan moves for Brentford midfielder Alan Judge before the close of the transfer window, HITC Sport understands.

Judge is back to full fitness again after 17 months out of action following a double leg break against Ipswich in April 2016.

Alan Judge of Brentford in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Brentford at Loftus Road on March 12, 2016 in London, England.Alan Judge of Brentford in action

The 29-year-old has battled his way back to fitness after two surgeries and he made his long-awaited first-team return earlier this month with a 20-minute appearance off the bench in the FA Cup clash with Notts County.

Judge has also been on the bench for the two Championship games with Aston Villa and Sheffield Wednesday over the Christmas period, but he faces a battle to get into Dean Smith's starting XI with Brentford riding high in ninth spot in the table just three points outside the play-offs.

Switzerland's defender Fabian Schar makes a tackle on Republic of Ireland's midfielder Alan Judge (L) during the friendly football match between Republic of Ireland and Switzerland at...

The Republic of Ireland international is keen to get regular minutes under his belt to help regain his match fitness and sharpness and Brentford are considering sending him out on loan as they are aware Judge needs to be playing competitively to help him get back to his best.

Judge was regarded as one of the best talents in the Championship prior to his injury and had broken into the Republic of Ireland squad.

Several Championship and League One clubs have enquired about Judge's availability and they are hoping to take the skilful playmaker on loan during the second half of the season so that he can play regularly and regain his match sharpness.

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