Luke Hyam has apologised for breaking Alan Judge's leg and denying the Irishman the chance of playing at Euro 2016.
The 24-year-old produced a reckless challenge on the Bees' talisman in the opening minutes that left Judge in clear distress before he was stretchered off and the club subsequently confirmed that the 27-year-old had suffered a fracture.
The Ipswich man did receive his marching orders before half time as he reacted to a heavy challenge from Ryan Woods, which appeared to be motivated by revenge.
Hyam told the Ipswich official website: “There was nothing malicious in the tackle and I hope Alan recovers quickly.
“I’ve been out injured for a year myself and the last thing I want to see is a fellow pro getting injured like that. I would never wish that on anyone.
“I feel distraught over it. It was distressing to see and definitely affected me. My head had gone.
“I know the Brentford lads were getting into me but I should never have reacted the way I did to get sent-off, which was obviously disappointing on my part.
“My thoughts are with Alan though. I’d like to contact him in a day or so and just give him my best and say how sorry I am that he has got injured like that. I just hope he’s back playing as soon as possible.”
Brentford went on to win the match by three goals to one thanks to a brace from Lasse Vibe and a Sam Saunders strike. Liam Feeney scored a late consolation for the Tractor Boys.
Judge had had a magnificent season for the Bees, scoring 14 goals and setting up a further nine, and his form was rewarded by Republic of Ireland boss Martin O'Neill, who handed him his first international cap last month.