Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a massive blow with the news that Jamie Mackie will miss the rest of the season due to injury.

The striker, who made his Scotland debut earlier this season, suffered a double fracture of his leg during Saturday's FA Cup defeat at Blackburn Rovers.

The 25-year-old fractured both his tibia and fibula at Ewood Park but the Rangers' Head Physio Nigel Cox is confident he won't require surgery.

Speaking to www.qpr.co.uk he said: "He has been taken out of his temporary cast and is now in a cast which he will be in for potentially the next 12 weeks.

"Following the change in cast, the bones were in good alignment and everybody is confident that they should heal without any further complications.

"Jamie will be able to come in and do cardio work soon, but at the moment he is having some down-time and recuperating with his family."

Speaking after the defeat at Blackburn, Manager Neil Warnock couldn't hide his disappointment for the striker: "The result is immaterial on a day like today.

"We've lost a great player and a great lad, so it's devastating."

Mackie only signed for the club in the summer, moving from Plymouth Argyle, but has started 25 games for the Hoops, scoring 10 goals.

His five goals in September, including doubles in the away wins over Ipswich Town and Leicester City earned him the npower Championship Player of the Month award.

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