Queens Park Rangers midfielder Charlie Owens is set to miss the next three to four months after suffering a knee injury whilst in action for the Under-23s.
21-year-old Owens, who has made a couple of first-team appearances this year, has torn the cartilage in his right knee and underwent an operation at the weekend, according to the club’s website.
Owens has been on the fringes of the first team so far this season, with his only showings coming in the Carabao Cup, including the full 90 in the defeat to Portsmouth nearly a month ago.
Twice an unused substitute in the league, the youngster is yet to make an appearance in the Championship for the club since joining from Tottenham Hotspur’s Under-23 side – and is now potentially out for the remainder of the calendar year.
QPR’s head of medical services Dr Imtiaz Ahmad said: “Unfortunately, Charlie twisted his right knee and has torn his cartilage.
“After seeing the specialist, it was quickly agreed that having surgery was the best course of action.
“He subsequently had an operation on Saturday.
“This type of injury normally takes three to four months to repair.
“Charlie is naturally disappointed but upbeat and determined to come back strongly.”
Given Owens had not forced his way into sustained first-team action, Mark Warburton may not be too worried about coping with his long-term absence.
However, it is undoubtedly a blow for Owens personally, who had been gifted minutes in the cup prior to his unfortunate injury.
So the youngster may be able to take heart from the fact that he has been edging closer to a league outing in QPR colours, though he may have to wait until 2020 to earn that particular bow.
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