Mark Hughes has backed Andy Johnson to return strongly from the 31 year old’s latest major injury.
Johnson suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the first half of Queens Park Rangers 1-1 draw with Chelsea and scans reveal he will be missing for at least the majority of the season.
Hughes told the club’s official website, “He is mentally a very, very strong character.
“He has been through long term injuries before and always comes back stronger and I have no doubt that he will do the same again.
“He will get the best treatment and best support from the medical staff here and we will make sure we get him back as quickly as possible without ever compromising him. We will make sure he is fit and well when he returns.”
The centre forward who has amassed eight England caps, has suffered eight injuries in the past three years and faces a struggle to play again in the 2012/2013 campaign.