QPR winger Shaun Wright-Phillips has been ruled out for the remainder of the season following surgery on a persistent ankle problem.
Hoops' manager Harry Redknapp confirmed this week that the former Manchester City and Chelsea man would play no further role in QPR's relegation battle.
Speaking to reporters, Redknapp said: "Shaun has had an operation. It needed doing, we tried to keep him going. He's played with the pain and not felt 100%. Hopefully Shaun will be back at the start of next season.
"The pain was too much. We had wanted to try and keep him going but he couldn't carry on. When he has played he has done well but I don't think he felt he was capable of giving his maximum."
Redknapp hopes Wright-Phillips will be playing in the Premier League when he returns next season, but the loss of the winger will be a bitter blow in QPR's attempt to stay in the top division of English football. Wright-Phillips has made 22 appearances for Redknapp's strugglers this season, scoring twice.
Wright-Phillips has played a key role in QPR's battle against the drop, particularly in the game against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge on January 2. QPR won the game 1-0 thanks to Wright-Phillips's long-range effort.
After a 1-1 draw with fellow relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic on Sunday, QPR face a battle to stay in the top flight. However, Redknapp will be looking to other members of his squad to lead his team to Premier League safety following Wright-Phillips injurt setback.
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