QPR are sweating on the fitness of midfielder Dom Ball and defender Jordy De Wijs after both suffered injury concerns during their side’s 1-1 draw with Reading on Saturday afternoon.
De Wijs was making just his fourth appearance for QPR following his January loan move from Hull, having been sidelined early on in his time with the club by a calf problem.
However, the Dutchman was forced off early in the second half against the Royals with a groin problem, a move Warburton appears to have taken as a precaution.
Speaking about De Wijs’ substitution after the game, Warburton was quoted by West London Sport as saying: “Jordy just tweaked a groin. He had it manipulated at half-time and hoped he’d get through OK. But he stretched at a set-piece and felt it, so we had to be careful.”
Ball meanwhile, was introduced as a second half substitute for Ilias Chair, but was then forced off in stoppage time, with QPR now waiting to discover the extent of a knock to his hip.
Discussing the situation surrounding the midfielder, Warburton went on to add: “Dom came on and did really well but got an impact injury on his hip which he thought he could run off, but it was causing him a lot of pain. He’s having ice now and we’ll assess them. It’s the nature of the game.”
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After next week’s international break, QPR are set to return to action over the Easter weekend, when they host Coventry before making the trip to The City Ground to face Nottingham Forest.
This will be something of a concern for those associated with QPR you feel.
De Wijs in particular has shown plenty of promise since joining the club, but fitness issues such as this one have prevented him from really building up any sort of momentum.
Indeed, with a busy fixture to come from next month until the end of the season, you feel Warburton is going to want to have as many players as possible available for the run in, with QPR looking to end the campaign on a high.
As a result, the international break does feel like a rather timely one for them, giving the likes of De Wijs and Ball the chance to recover without missing too much in terms of match action.