Ireland Under-21 international Sam Byrne suffers a "freak" leg-break

The Dubliner injured himself when training with Everton

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Everton and Ireland Under-21 striker Sam Byrne has broken his leg in a "freak" accident.

The 20-year-old Dubliner's season may be in jeopardy after suffering the leg-break on Thursday. He has already had surgery on the leg as the recovery process begins.

Former Everton defender David Unsworth is the club's Under-21 manager. He spoke to the Liverpool Echo about Byrne's injury.

"The boys are all gutted for Sam because they are a close group and he’s a popular member of the squad. We will give him all the support he needs and I look forward to having him back amongst us as soon as possible."

Byrne began his career in Manchester United's youth setup. He failed to play for the first team, but a loan spell with Carlisle United gave the Dubliner his first taste of senior football. He joined Everton in 2014.

The Dubliner has played twice for Ireland's Under-21's team, making his debut in 2014.