It was 605 days before Alan Judge could don a Brentford shirt again.

Approaching two years since Luke Hyam's challenge left Judge's leg broken in three places during a match against Ipswich.

Last week the 29-year-old made his return for Brentford B Team and scored 10 minutes after taking to the pitch.

The Irishman spoke to about his excruciating journey back to fitness and his first thoughts after that tackle.

He said: "My wife and two kids. The first thing I thought of was their future.

"I was thinking, 'My kids. What am I going to do for my kids'. I was only 27 when I got injured, I'm now 29. Straight away. Not that I'm particularly money-oriented, but as soon as you're out of work, you think family.

"I knew I had a chance to go to the Premier League, and I knew I had a chance of going to the Euros, so everything was taken away from me in a split-second."

Judge had scored 14 goals and produced 11 assists in that season and made his Republic of Ireland debut that season.

Watching the nation's Euro 2016 journey was tough.

Boy in Green: Alan Judge (L)

The once-capped star said: "I watched little bits of it. It was heart to watch. I was obviously cheering on the lads and they did unbelievably well out there, but I was thinking, 'I could have been there, maybe should have been there'.

"I had a feeling I would have gone. So the emotions are difficult.

"You're obviously wishing the lads well but you're thinking, 'what have I done to deserve this?'"

Despite EURO 2016 heartbreak and a potential Premier League move being scuppered, Judge holds no resentment towards Hyam for the tackle.

He said: "I’ve told people not to abuse Luke over the tackle, it’s football and this happens.

"When I had the second operation, you start thinking over it again, ‘why did he make that tackle, why did he do that’. But I have no aggression or anything of the sort toward him. It’s over now, I can’t do anything to change it."

It's been a long road back for midfielder and it began with pain that was worse than his initial injury.

The former Blackburn player said: "The worst pain was when I’d get out of bed, and when I’d first put my leg on the floor. That pain of the blood rushing down through the leg, that pain was worse than when I broke my leg. It was just unbearable".

"My first bit of work made me realise how long a process it would be. The physio put a little towel under my foot, and asked me to scrunch together my toes. That was my first bit of rehab and the moment I knew that this would be a long one.

"It wasn't painful but I got tired very quickly. These little muscles, in your ankles, behind your calves. I'm asking, 'How are these muscles getting tired so quickly?'.

The slow progress hasn't deterred the Bees favourite however, and he still hopes to add to his single cap.

He said: "Yeah, the good thing is that because I have had so much contact with the Irish camp, I feel that I'm on their mind, which will hopefully put me in good stead for when I get back fit, and that I might be in their plans.

"I know I'm 29 but the work I've done over the last two years means I'll gain a few more years.

"I know I've lost 21 months but the work I've been able to do and build myself back up again, I think that I'll be able to play longer age-wise than I would have originally thought.

"I just don't want to be a one-cap player. I don't want to be one of those players who only played once. It would be unbelievable to come back and play for my country again.

Alan Judge goes for goal

Everton's Seamus Coleman suffered a similar leg break in March during a World Cup Qualifier with Wales.

Judge said that he been able to share his experience with the Ireland captain: "I was at home to watch it [the Welsh game] with my family, and I knew it straight away.

"I said it to my Dad, ‘He’s broken his leg, I know by the way he is just sitting up’. I sent a message to him, and now I speak to Seamus quite regularly.

"We bounce things off each other quite regularly, in term of little pains and niggles you get coming back; how he’s doing, stuff like that. I played with Seamus in the under-21s so we know each other quite well.

"It’s been nice to talk to him, and I’m wishing him well and want him back as soon as possible, which by the sound of things, won’t be too far away.