QPR have confirmed that midfielder Frankie Sutherland faces a 6-9 month spell on the sidelines after rupturing his Anterior Cruciate Ligament playing for the O's against Southport on Saturday.
The youngster has returned to Loftus Road for treatment and Orient manager Russell Slade has paid tribute to Sutherland who was enjoying a successful debut for the O's at the time of the injury.
"Myself, the staff and the players are all devastated at the news," said Slade. "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 before."
QPR Senior Professional Development Coach Mark Bircham told www.qpr.co.uk: “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.
“He’s got a good family around him who will support him, and we are all here to support him as well.”
The Club wishes Frankie all the best with his recovery.