QPR’s Wheeler faces ankle operation

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QPR’s David Wheeler requires an ankle operation and faces a lengthy spell on the sidelines, according to manager Ian Holloway.

Wheeler, signed from Exeter in August, made only two appearances for Rangers last month and has not featured at all since the start of the year.

“Wheeler needs an operation. We’ve had some bad news about him,” Holloway revealed after the 3-0 defeat at home to Middlesbrough.

“There’s a little bit of bone that’s chipped off and it’s causing terrible trouble in his joint.

“We’ve got to open it up and take that out, which is terrible news for him and for us.”