Broken leg cuts short Jonah Ayunga's loan spell with Galway United

Fri, Sep 01 2017

The striker sustained the injury during a 2-0 FAI Cup win over St Patrick's Athletic, in which he scored the opening goal. Credit: Peter Fitzpatrick (ETPhotos)

Galway United have confirmed that striker Jonah Ayunga has returned to parent club Brighton & Hove Albion after he was ruled out for the rest of the season with a broken leg.


The Kenyan underwent surgery after sustaining the leg fracture during last Friday's 2-0 FAI Cup win over St Patrick's Athletic at Richmond Park.


20-year-old Ayunga was stretchered from the field shortly before half-time having earlier given his side the lead with his first goal since joining on transfer deadline day.


Ayunga had spent the first half of the league season on loan with Sligo Rovers, netting four times in 21 appearances for the Bit o' Red.


He made three appearances in total for the Tribesman, making his debut in a 3-1 win over Finn Harps on August 4th.


"While only with us for a short time, Jonah had a great impact for us,” Galway United manager Shane Keegan told the club's website in the wake of Ayunga's departure.


“He was playing a big role in our games and he endeared himself to everyone at the club.


"Everybody at Galway United wishes him the best of luck with his rehabilitation with Brighton and, who knows, we may see him in a Galway United jersey again in the future."