Luke Hyam: Ipswich Town 'devastated' for injured midfielder

Luke Hyam
Luke Hyam has made 111 appearances for Ipswich since coming through their youth ranks

Midfielder Cole Skuse says the Ipswich team are "devastated" for Luke Hyam after he suffered his second long-term knee injury in a year.

The 23-year-old midfielder is set for four months out after surgery, having missed the second half of 2014-15.

"It's come out of nowhere. He said: 'I've taken a kick on the knee, is it all right if I sit down?'," said Skuse.

"Next minute he's saying he's got to go back and have surgery and the lads were absolutely devastated for him."

Skuse added to BBC Radio Suffolk: "He's worked so hard, he's such a fit boy and an honest pro - it's hit everyone hard. He's a big loss, he's a very underrated player for us."

Hyam, who came through the youth ranks at Portman Road, injured himself during the club's pre-season training camp in Ireland.

Town kicked off their tour with a 6-0 win over Shelbourne, in which manager Mick McCarthy handed a debut to on-loan Arsenal winger Ainsley Maitland-Niles.

And Skuse said he was impressed by the England youth international.

"I can't believe he's only 17. He's a great lad, he's such a hard worker," said Skuse.

"For all his flair, he's got such a great workrate. That will go down an absolute storm with the manager.