QPR legend Gallen lends support to injured star Faurlin

Rangers midfielder ruled out for up to nine months after suffering knee injury against Derby

QPR legend Kevin Gallen has backed stricken Rangers star Alejandro Faurlin to recover from his season-ending knee injury.

Faurlin has been ruled up for up to nine months after suffering damage to his anterior cruciate ligament in his side’s 2-1 win over DerbyCounty at the weekend.

It is the second such injury the 27-year-old Argentine has suffered in less than two years – he was in tears when he left the pitch on a stretcher.

But Gallen, who made more than 300 appearances in two spells at Loftus Road, believes that with the right care, Faurlin will return a stronger player.

Gallen suffered a similar injury to Faurlin’s 17 years ago, and says the correct treatment is now vital as Faurlin embarks on his recovery.

“When Ale Faurlin went down injured on Saturday, it didn’t look much. But you could see the pain on his face, and the scan on Monday confirmed our worst fears,” said Gallen.

“It’s such a shame for him, considering he’s already had that very injury in the other knee. I certainly know how he feels; I suffered the same injury playing for QPR against Portsmouth in 1996. It’s a long, long road back, but he will come back.

“Clubs’ medical teams have come a long way in recent years. But I would say he’s probably looking at pre-season now.

“When you snap that ligament it takes a lot of time for it to knit back together, that’s why he’s looking at such a long time out. And then you have to work on the surrounding muscles.

“When I was recovering I lost a lot of muscle mass. In the end I came back too quickly and it was probably 18 months before I was right again.

“QPR have a duty now to keep him on a contract until he has recovered, and then they’ll have to take it from there.”

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