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Luton defender returns from loan spell at Wigan to undergo surgery for ‘serious’ knee injury

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City midfielder Glen Rea

Luton have announced that midfielder Glen Rea has returned from his loan spell at League One promotion challengers Wigan Athletic to undergo surgery for a “serious” knee injury.

The 27-year-old traveled to the Latics on transfer deadline day as part of a bid for first-team football but was restricted to just four appearances, being substituted after just 15 minutes of the win 1-0 over AFC Wimbledon earlier this month.

Rea, who has played 207 times for the Hatters since leaving Brighton in March 2016, scoring eight goals, is now set to miss the rest of the season, as a statement on Town’s website read: “We We can confirm that midfielder Glen Rea has returned to Kenilworth Road after suffering a serious knee injury during his spell with Wigan Athletic.

“The Town midfielder made four appearances after joining the Latics on transfer deadline day in January, aiming to play a key role in their push for automatic promotion from Sky Bet League One.

Following his debut against Stoke in the FA Cup fourth round, he then appeared twice as a substitute before making his debut against AFC Wimbledon a fortnight ago.

“Unfortunately Glen was sent off after 15 minutes of the win over the Dons and saw a consultant this week ahead of scheduled surgery.

“We would like to point out that this is not the same knee that Glen injured in the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season, when he returned to full fitness to return to the Championship team.

“Best of luck to Glen, who knows he will have the full support of everyone at Kenilworth Road throughout his rehab and is determined to once again come back stronger than ever.”



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