Joe Allen will miss the rest of the season and possibly Euro 2020 after suffering a rupturing Achilles in Stoke City ‘s superb win over Hull this afternoon.
Allen tripped over Dan Batty in the second before half-time and limped briefly before medics rushed on as the whistle blew. He was strapped into a stretcher and wheeled away.
He has been an ever present for Michael O’Neill and had been at the fore as Stoke had raced into a 3-0 lead at that point. Stoke went on to win 5-1.
O’Neill confirmed at full-time that Allen will undergo surgery in the next few days.
He said: “It looks like Joe has ruptured his Achilles. He had to be helped off the pitch at half-time. You fear the worst. Hopefully it’s not the case but it sounds like it’s not the news you hope for and he’ll have to go undergo surgery this week.
“It’s a huge loss. He’s a terrific player, a terrific lad. He’s been fantastic for me. When you come into a club, players like Joe Allen make your job a lot easier.
“He had so much to look forward to not only at the end of the season but Euro 2020 as well with Wales. I’m gutted for the player and it’s taken a bit of shine off the victory.”
Ruptured Achilles can take several months for recovery but the damage will have to be properly assessed before Stoke give any timescale.
O’Neill added: “I’m devastated for Joe.
“Obviously it’s a huge blow for us to lose Joe and a huge blow for what he had to look forward to in the summer as well with Wales, so I’m devastated for him.
“We’re obviously delighted with the result but it takes the edge off it when that situation occurs.
“It’s not easy for him. Our thoughts go with him and obviously the club will do everything to look after him and make sure he’s back as soon as possible.”