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QPR Lose Wright-Phillips For Rest Of Season

posted 5 Apr 2013, 05:54 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 5 Apr 2013, 05:54 ]

QPR manager Harry Redknapp confirms winger Shaun Wright-Phillips will be out for the rest of the season as the London side prepare to face fellow relegation strugglers Wigan in search of a great escape.

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (APRIL 5, 2013) -  Relegation-threatened Queens Park Rangers ruled winger Shaun Wright-Phillips out for the rest of the Premier League season on Friday (April 5) after he underwent ankle surgery.

The former England international had the operation on his right ankle earlier in the week and the club said on their website that he would play no further part in their battle to escape the drop.

"He's played with the pain and not felt 100 percent. He couldn't train or play to his maximum. The pain was too much and he will hopefully be back at the start of next season now," manager Harry Redknapp told reporters.

"We had wanted to try and keep him going but he couldn't carry on. When he has played he has done well but I don't think he felt he was capable of given his maximum.

"Shaun has had an operation, it needed doing it, we tried to keep him going, he tried to keep going. I think the kid has played with pain and not felt near 100 percent fit for a long time."

"So, you know, he could train to his maximum. I don't think we could even train to his maximum. So, full credit to him to keep it going as he did and keep trying to play for it but I think that in the end the pain was too much so he had to have an operation that would keep him out hopefully he will be available for the start of next season," Redknapp added.

The 31-year-old Wright-Phillips missed Monday's 3-2 defeat at Fulham that left the West London side seven points from safety and ahead of bottom club Readingonly on goal difference with seven matches remaining.

Wright-Phillips, who scored a rare winner at Chelsea in January, last played for QPR as a substitute in the 3-1 victory over Sunderland on March 9.

The Londonders, who are bottom of the table with 23 points, host fellow relegation strugglers Wigan Athletic at Loftus Road on Sunday (April 7) and Redknapp still believes his club can make a great escape.

"You just got to keep winning, I said it all along. You need to you know, from where we are now, we need to draw four draws and two games or win five games, I mean, a tall order but not impossible," he said.

The fear of demotion to the Championship (second division) is still a threat to the bottom nine clubs from Southampton in 12th place on 34 points down throughStoke City (34), Norwich City (34), Newcastle United (33), Sunderland (31), Wigan (30), Aston Villa (30), QPR (23) and Reading (23).

Redknapp said that at this time of the season every one of the 20 English Premier League clubs is fighting for something.

"You got to keep going from whatever position you are in. You want to finish as high as you can, every manager wants to finish wherever they are trying to get a top 10 finish, top four finish, top six finish for Europe, UEFA Cup finish, relegation battle, everybody is involved in something."


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