On-loan Huddersfield Town left-back Jack Robinson’s season is over.
The 21-year-old QPR player needs surgery on the knee injury sustained during the 1-1 Championship draw at Birmingham City last Saturday.
A surgeon will reattach a cartilage to the bottom of his right thigh bone.
The England Under 21 international, who has yet to feature for QPR after joining them from Liverpool last summer, could be out of action for a year.
Robinson has made 31 Town appearances.
He is the second player to suffer a serious knee injury while on loan to Town this season.
Wigan Athletic striker Grant Holt sustained cruciate ligament damage when playing against Rotherham United on Boxing Day.
Town manager Chris Powell, who played Jake Carroll at left-back in Tuesday’s 2-2 home draw with Norwich City, could add to his squad before the Football League loan window closes next Thursday, March 26.
But while centre-back Anthony Gerrard has joined Oldham Athletic for the rest of the season, no incoming deals are imminent.
Powell also has an injury worry over frontman Harry Bunn (hamstring).
But there is brighter news on both 12-goal top scorer Nahki Wells (shoulder) and his fellow forward Joe Lolley (hip).
Both are back in training and aiming to prove their fitness ahead of Saturday’s home Championship clash with Fulham.
After hearing about the left-back's layoff, Powell said: “We’re all extremely sad to hear of the extent of Jack’s injury. He’s been great for us this season and it’s a real blow that he will be out of action.
“Everyone at Huddersfield Town wishes Jack the quickest possible recovery; we’re all looking forward to seeing him back on the pitch.”