Sutherland the latest Rangers player to suffer serious knee injury.
Sutherland, 19, ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during his debut for Leyton Orient in the League One side’s 5-2 win over Southport in the FA Cup first round.
Incredibly, it is exactly the same injury suffered by fellow Rs midfielder Alejandro Faurlin in QPR’s recent match with DerbyCounty. Faurlin, like Sutherland, is expected to be out of action until next pre-season at the earliest.
And the Rs’ bad luck does not end there. In September, Esteban Granero, the midfielder on loan at Real Sociedad, suffered an identical injury, ruling him out for six months.
The Championship side, who ground out a 1-1 draw at Reading at the weekend to stay third in the table, have suffered a raft of injuries in recent weeks, with striker Andy Johnson and centre-back Nedum Onuoha only recently returning after spells on the sidelines.
Tom Carroll, the young midfielder on loan from Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur, had to return to the north London club last month after he too picked up an injury.
And both Jermaine Jenas and Richard Dunne picked up knocks in the 1-1 draw at Reading, although both are expected to return after the international break.
QPR’s senior professional medical coach Marc Bircham said: “It’s a set-back for Frankie who is one of our brightest young hopes. Hopefully he can return from this fitter and stronger than ever. He’s only 19 so he’s young enough to do that.
“We have got a good medical team here and they will help him through. One thing Frankie won’t be lacking in his recovery is determination because he is a dedicated lad who loves his football.”
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