Kieron Dyer is unlikely to play for QPR again this season after manager Neil Warnock revealed the injury-plagued midfielder requires another operation on his foot.
Dyer, 32, has not played a competitive game for Rangers since the opening day of the season when he was carried off on a stretcher after injuring the foot on his debut against Bolton. He had been making good progress in his rehabilitation from the injury and was expected to return after Christmas.
The former Newcastle midfielder injured his foot again during a reserve game with Tottenham this week, however, and looks likely to be out for several weeks.
"This is a devastating blow for Kieron,'' Warnock said. "I have never met a more determined pro in my career, and he really doesn't deserve this.
"The specialist said he thought Kieron could return before Christmas without the need for an operation and is disappointed that this is not the case, and he has no alternative now but to operate.''
"I have absolutely no doubt that he will recover after the operation. We are going to support him as best we can because he has got such a contribution to make, both on and off the field. And even though he has not featured for us, he has made a vital contribution at the training ground and has been very important to have around the place.''
Warnock is likely to leave Dyer out of his 25-man squad when he re-submits it to the Premier League after the next transfer window shuts, meaning the midfielder may never play for Rangers again.