Date: 19th July 2018 at 1:10pm
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Queens Park Rangers defender Darnell Furlong will now spend the next three months of the season on the sidelines after picking up an injury that required surgery.

The 22-year-old went off in our pre-season friendly at the Cherry Red Records Stadium as we played Wimbledon last weekend and it was discovered he had torn a knee ligament. The player has now undergone surgery and begins his recovery before stepping up to rehabilitation work but it’s clearly a blow for manager Steve McClaren and the player himself as our preparations continue for the coming 2018/19 Championship campaign.

Speaking to the Official Site Head of Medical Services Dr Imtiaz Ahmad said of the right back.

“Darnell is looking at an approximate timescale of three months before he will be in a position to return to full training. Scans have shown it’s a clean tear, which is good in the sense no further damage was caused and that enables the quickest possible recovery for this type of injury. Obviously it’s a real blow to get an injury of this nature before the start of the season, but Darnell is a very positive character and he will bounce back.”

Our former England gaffer added.

“This is a massive blow for Darnell personally, and for the team. He has looked great throughout pre-season and we are all gutted for him. However, I know the sort of personality Darnell is and he will be doing everything in his power to come back fitter and stronger than ever.”

It’s obviously a blow for fans as well as we knew we would have a quiet summer in terms of transfers, but now we need to get an extra body in as cover.