Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton has said that Luke Amos is responding well to a devastating knee injury that ruled him out of the majority of the current campaign – and that he should be ready to go for the 2021/22 season.
Amos joined the R’s initially on loan last season, but he impressed at Loftus Road to the point where his move was turned into a permanent one by the club in August on a three-year deal.
A defensive midfielder by trade, Amos scored two goals last season – both in the same game – and it looked like he had nailed down a regular starting line-up role under Mark Warburton.
The 24-year-old started the current season in the team as well, but disaster struck against Bournemouth back in October when Amos limped off – and worst fears were confirmed when the club learnt that Amos would need surgery to repair his right ACL.
It was cruel luck for Amos, who had done similar damage to his left knee two years prior whilst playing for Tottenham’s under-23′s, something that kept him out for nearly a whole year.
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It doesn’t sound like this particular injury will keep Amos sidelined for a whole 12 months, as Warburton confirmed that the player is on target with his plans to back a comeback before next season kicks off.
“He’s on track. His surgeon’s very happy and Luke’s still targeting a return to pre-season training,” Warburton told West London Sport.
QPR’s lack of depth in the engine room has been slightly exposed for much of this season, with Amos’ injury coming after the closure of the first transfer window not helping matters.
Amos will no doubt have the mental strength to recover fully from this injury – after all he’s been through it before – but it’s the physical impact it may have on his body that is the most worrying thing to think about.
Damaging both knees by the age of 24 is pretty brutal, but there’s positive signs to be had with his recovery and hopefully he will be back for the start of next season.