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Doyle out for months

KEVIN DOYLE could miss Ireland's end-of-season programme of games with a knee injury, and also harms QPR's chances of winning promotion back to the Premier League.

On loan to QPR from Wolves, Doyle has missed their last five games with a knee issue and following medical assessments at both clubs, Rangers boss Harry Redknapp revealed Doyle will be out for up to two months.

"Kevin's injury is long-term and he's gone back to Wolves. He's tweaked his knee ligament and he's certainly going to be out for at least six weeks. It's a long job, unfortunately," said Redknapp.

Ireland face Turkey and Italy in friendly games in May but the Wexford man is now a major doubt.

Long-term injury victims Keiren Westwood, Robbie Brady and Paul McShane are also expected to miss out but Seán St Ledger, who has not played since suffering a hamstring injury while in action for Ireland against Poland in November, is back in training with Leicester City and could feature for club and country before the end of the season.