On loan O’s midfielder Sutherland faces long spell on the sidelines

Frankie Sutherland has returned to QPR

Frankie Sutherland has returned to QPR - Credit: EMPICS Sport

On loan Leyton Orient midfielder Frankie Sutherland faces a six to nine month spell on the sidelines after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament on his debut.

The 19-year-old has returned to parent club QPR after being stretchered off 38 minutes into his debut against Southport on Saturday.

Orient manager Russell Slade said: “Myself, the staff and the players are all devastated at the news.

“In the short time he was here, Frankie gave a great example of how a young pro should carry themselves with his dedication and commitment to the cause.

“Everybody was wishing him to do well on his debut and he started so brightly. Frankie is made of the right stuff and has a great attitude. I’m sure he will bounce back fitter and stronger than ever.”

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QPR senior professional development coach Mark Bircham said: “It’s a set-back for Frankie who is one of our brightest young hopes. Hopefully he can return from this fitter and stronger than ever. He’s only 19 so he’s young enough to do that.

“We have got a good medical team here and they will help him through. One thing Frankie won’t be lacking in his recovery is determination because he is a dedicated lad who loves his football.

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“He’s got a good family around him who will support him, and we are all here to support him as well.”

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