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Knee injury set to sideline Liam Boyce for majority of season

Liam Boyce scored his first international goal against New Zealand in June
Padraig O Meiscill

BURTON Albion striker Liam Boyce will miss the majority of the coming season after an injury picked up in the pre-season friendly last weekend.

Albion's record signing arrived from Ross County in June, but was stretchered off during Saturday's game against Shrewsbury.

"Burton Albion striker Liam Boyce will miss most of the season after an injury picked up in the pre-season friendly at Shrewsbury," the English Championship club confirmed yesterday.

"He went for a scan on the injury [on Monday night], which has revealed a left knee rupture. The ACL injury is expected to keep him on the sidelines for most of the season."

Boyce, a two-time Danske Bank Premiership title winner with Cliftonville, was the Scottish Premiership's top scorer with 23 goals last season.

His injury is a blow for Northern Ireland, with crunch World Cup qualifying matches against San Marino, Czech Republic and Germany coming up in September. Boyce scored his first international goal against New Zealand in June and also featured in the World Cup qualifier against Azerbaijan the following week.

It is also bad news for his new club, who defied the odds to survive their only campaign in the Championship by drawing at Barnsley in their penultimate game last season.

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