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2 players at risk of being dropped at QPR right now

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The international break will give managers a chance to reassess their teams ahead of the run-up to the New Year, but which two QPR players are at risk of being dropped right now?

A disappointing 2-2 draw with Middlesbrough at the weekend saw QPR go into the international break in 10th.

Britt Assombalonga gave the visitors an unexpected lead, but Nahki Wells’ eighth Championship goal of the season levelled things for QPR and a Jonny Howson own-goal gave them the lead at half-time.

Though a stray back-pass from the goalscorer Wells was pounced upon by Assombalonga, who chipped the ball over Joe Lumley to give Boro a much needed point.

It means QPR are now winless in four and looking like a team that’s losing confidence after their unprecedented start to life under the former Bees boss.

Warburton has two weeks to hit the training ground now, and get his QPR team firing again before a congested schedule leading up to Christmas and the New Year.

Here we take a look at two players who are at risk of being dropped at QPR:

Jordan Hugill

With seven goals in the league so far, Jordan Hugill has proved a shrewd loan-signing from Warburton this season.

But he was dropped for the draw against Boro, with Ilias Chair partnering Nahki Wells up-front.

Hugill came on for the last half-hour as QPR chased a winner but failed to make the difference. It’s been Hugill’s best season in several at QPR but his admission from the starting line-up on Saturday confused fans.

There might be some underlying issues with the striker that we don’t know about – a slight injury, training issues or anything else that would’ve warranted Warburton to drop the West Ham man.

It’ll be interesting to see whether he’ll be in the starting line-up for the trip to Fulham in two weeks’ time, and he’ll have to train hard during the break to earn his spot back.

Grant Hall

This is a man who’s beloved by QPR fans, but given his struggle with injuries over the past few seasons, they’ve not seen all that much of the central defender.

He made just 16 league appearances over the two seasons prior to this one, though with ten league appearances for Warburton this season he looks to be finally returning to full fitness.

Hall, 28, has played every minute of QPR’s last three games. Fans will tell you that he’s been a bit ‘hit and miss’ this season though.

With Toni Leistner and Yoann Barbet set to return after the break, Hall’s position in the starting line-up might come under the spotlight, and Warburton could make a big defensive call before they face Fulham.

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Freelance football journalist based in Sheffield. Postgraduate degree in Sports Journalism, and good experience in digital football writing and match reporting.

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