Injury star promised Hughes' backing
Queens Park Rangers,
QPR boss Mark Hughes is backing Andy Johnson to make a full recovery from his latest injury setback which ended his season early.
The striker will need an operation and a long spell of rehabilitation after sustaining anterior cruciate ligament damage during Saturday's goalless with Chelsea at Loftus Road.
Johnson was making only his fourth appearance for the R's since joining the club from Fulham in the summer, but his involvement in the match was curtained in the 32nd minute when he limped off the field.
The 31-year-old is no stranger to knee surgery, having undergone an exploratory procedure back in February 2010 which kept him out of action for months, but his manager is confident he will come back stronger than ever.
Hughes, who worked with him previously at Craven Cottage, told Rangers official website: "He is mentally a very, very strong character.
"He has been through long-term injuries before and always comes back stronger and I have no doubts that he will do the same again.
"He will get the best treatment and best support from the medical staff here and we will make sure we get him back as quickly as possible without ever compromising him. We will make sure he is fit and well when he returns.
"He was playing exceptionally well at the time and had been in previous games so to lose his experience and ability is a blow to us."