QPR's Nedum Onuoha admits he faces a difficult time ahead after being ruled out until Christmas with a hamstring injury.
The Rs skipper will face up to three months on the sidelines after being substituted at half-time in the 2-2 draw with Millwall earlier this month.
Having been virtually an ever-present over the past few years with the Rs, the 30 year admits putting his feet up will take some getting used to.
“It’s gutting to be ruled out for a few months. I’m told it’ll be roughly three months before I’m back in action again. Obviously, I’d like it to be sooner, but let’s see how things go,” he told the club's website.
“Sitting on the sidelines is a strange feeling for me. I think I’ve been out for this long only three times in my career – the last being around two-and-a-half years ago,” he said.
“Most of our squad have never seen me miss a training session through injury – let alone a game. But I’m very fortunate to have had the injury record that I do. Fingers crossed that I can make a speedy return.”
Onuoha is one of the club's longest serving players now, having joined from Manchester City five years ago, and chalked up his 200 appearance for the Hoops earlier this month.
The former England U20 and U21 international was linked with Premier League sides Stoke anf Brighton over the summer, but a move never materialised.
Luke Freeman has been skippering the side in Onuoha's absence, and he said after Saturday's stalemate with Burton Albion: "It was the first time (I’ve been captain) in my career so it was a privilege to captain the side.
"Obviously it’s new to me and I’m grateful that the gaffer’s given me the opportunity. Our captain is out at the moment so I’m more than happy to step in for the team and do what I need to do.”