It’s possible that veteran defender Richard Dunne could be done with English Premier League club Queens Park Rangers. In fact, his Premier League career could also be coming to an end. Dunne tore the medial cruciate ligament in his knee on February 7 in a 1-0 league loss to Southampton at home at Loftus Road. With MCL injuries typically taking at least three months to recover from, Dunne won’t make it back before the season winds down in May. In addition, his contract expires at the end of June and it’s doubtful QPR will re-sign him. It also looks like the London club will end up back in the English Championship League next season anyway as relegation is a distinct possibility.
Centre-back Dunne had to leave the match with about seven minutes to go and Southampton’s Sadio Mane then scored the game winner in injury time. It was QPR’s first match without manager Harry Redknapp, who resigned several days earlier. Redknapp claimed that he needed knee-replacement surgery and wasn’t able to give 100 per cent focus to the team. However, most fans realize the club needed a change and Redknapp may have been given the choice to either resign or be sacked.
Following Dunne’s injury, the club released a short official statement which said: “Defender Richard Dunne is set for a prolonged spell on the sidelines owing to a knee injury. The Irishman sustained a medial cruciate ligament injury to his right knee in the R’s 1-0 defeat to Southampton on Saturday and is expected to be out for up to three months.”
It also looks like fellow defender Nedum Onuoha will be sidelined for the next few games at least as he injured his hamstring in the Southampton match. QPR is expecting that he’ll be out of the lineup for three to four weeks. There was some bright news for the team though as English striker Charlie Austin is expected to remain with the squad after sustaining a foot injury.