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Wednesday 17 January 2018

Richard Dunne despair as knee injury threatens to end his career

Queens Park Rangers defender Richard Dunne has been ruled out for three months with a knee injury, which effectively marks the end of his season. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images
Queens Park Rangers defender Richard Dunne has been ruled out for three months with a knee injury, which effectively marks the end of his season. Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

Garry Doyle

Richard Dunne has played his last game of the season - and possibly his career - after picking up a knee ligament injury in QPR's draw with Southampton on Saturday.

The Dubliner, who retired from international football last August, has been ruled out for three months, which effectively marks the end of this campaign. Out of contract in May, his long-term future is insecure following Harry Redknapp's resignation.

And while Dunne said as recently as last week that he would contemplate staying on for another year, sources close to the player have stated that he would not do so just to pick up a wage.

The 36-year-old will not make a decision on whether or not to retire until June, yet has little appetite in following his friends, Robbie Keane and Damien Duff, to play abroad in either the MLS or the Australian A League.

In contrast, Dunne's centre-back partner from Euro 2012, Sean St Ledger, is desperate to secure a contract in the MLS, but after failing to impress on a trial with DC United, St Ledger is now hoping for a deal from Orlando City.

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