QPR set to make move for City striker Guidetti to replace crocked forward Johnson
06:12 GMT, 20 September 2012
QPR boss Mark Hughes is planning to sign Manchester City striker John Guidetti to replace injured striker Andy Johnson.
Hughes hopes to tie up the emerging Swedish star on a loan deal in January to replace the one time England striker.
Loan star: John Guidetti is wanted by QPR
Guidetti, 20, spent last season on loan
at Feyenoord and rattled in an impressive 20 goals in 23 games —
including three hat-tricks in four matches.
Johnson looks set to miss most of the season after suffering cruciate ligament damage against Chelsea on Saturday.
Injury blow: Andy Johnson leaves the field after picking up an injury against Chelsea
The 31-year-old, making only his second
start for the club, was replaced by Jamie Mackie during the first half
of the goalless draw and Rangers confirmed on Monday that he will be out
for a 'prolonged' period because of the injury to his left knee.
The former Everton striker has fought frequent battles against injuries and missed a large chunk of the 2009-10 campaign for Fulham with a severe knee injury.
Johnson, who has won eight caps for England, joined Rangers on a two-year contract in the summer after his Fulham deal expired.
Hughes was initially hopeful Johnson would make a speedy return.
'AJ felt something in his knee. We hope he's going to be okay, but it's a little bit of worry,' Hughes said after the game.
'You need players like AJ in the squad
because they give so much. We'll send him for a scan over the next few
days and hopefully he'll be okay.'