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ALEJANDRO Faurlin has sustained a third Anterior Cruciate Ligament injury in as many seasons and is now set for a prolonged period on the sidelines.

Faurlin landed innocuously on his left knee during the second half of Wednesday’s Capital One Cup tie at Burton Albion, but scans have since revealed he has suffered a further ACL injury independent of the previous ACL injury he sustained last November against Derby County.

The injury is a cruel blow to the midfielder, who suffered an ACL injury to his right knee in January 2012.

QPR’s Head of Medical Services, Peter Florida James, told www.qpr.co.uk: “We’re all absolutely devastated for Ale.

“It looked so innocuous on Wednesday night, so this has come as a massive blow for us all.

“The knee itself stayed pretty stable, but the scans have since revealed his ACL graft has ruptured.

“If he has a repair it will be a six to nine month injury, which is absolutely devastating for all concerned.”

R’s boss Harry Redknapp added: “We’re all desperately saddened and disappointed for Ale.

“He is a great man and player, and he’s suffered terribly bad luck over the last few years with injuries.

“We will, of course, do everything we can to support him and help him back on the road to recovery.”