Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 19 April 2014

Campbell sidelined for two months

DJ Campbell

QPR have confirmed striker DJ Campbell faces up to two months on the sidelines with a fractured metatarsal.

The 29-year-old was due to start Saturday's Barclays Premier League clash against Blackburn but picked up the injury during a training session on Thursday. Speaking after the 1-1 draw, QPR manager Neil Warnock revealed the injury could leave Campbell sidelined for up to two months should the bone require pinning.

Club head physio Nigel Cox has confirmed the striker's injury will require operating on, which will see Campbell go under the knife on Thursday. He told the club's official website, www.qpr.co.uk: "We have found a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal of his left foot."

He added: "The fracture doesn't actually go all the way through the bone, so it isn't a fracture in the truest sense of the word, it is more of a crack.

"The consultant we have spoken to has advised us that the best way to deal with this is to put a pin through it.

"He will have surgery on Thursday and will then be placed in an aircast boot for three weeks, which will immobilise the foot.

"The benefit of that is it means there can be some partial weight-bearing, so DJ can put weight on the foot from day one.

"Once he is out of the boot, and provided he is pain-free, we will push on the rehabilitation from there.

"But, as the manager said, for an injury of this nature you are looking at a timescale of six to eight weeks before the player can resume full training."

Campbell's injury is a big blow for the west Londoners, who have struggled for goals since their return to the top flight.