Queens Park Rangers have been dealt an injury blow with Matt Smith set for a spell in the treatment room.
The striker picked up an ankle injury during training in the latter stages of last week.
He subsequently missed the defeat to Stoke City at the weekend with news of the length of absence announced.
West London Sport reported that despite the problem being not as bad as first feared, the 29-year-old is sure to miss “a few weeks” according to Steve McClaren.
It’s a semi-positive outcome to a badly timed injury after a prolonged spell in the side and scoring goals prior to another dip in for form the Hoops.
QPR will now be without their impressive front man for the foreseeable future until some point after the international break.
The Loftus Road outfit are 18th place in the league and above the relegation places by ten points and all but safe with the news of Smith’s fresh lay off.
With that said, would the striker’s miss be a big blow to QPR?
We asked our team of FLW writers their thoughts on the matter.
“Not especially, no.
“He’s a big unit and a focal point for their attack, but he’s been a bit-part player for them.
“He’ll be the one who loses out here, not the Hoops.
“Mind you, they might need to go long if their current terrible form continues, then they’ll miss him.”
“Considering QPR’s position in the table and their points tally – It isn’t really too much of a blow.
“It is, of course, a pest that he is out as he has been a focal point, but they are unlikely to go down and will not go up – so it’s a nothing injury really.
“The Hoops will just meander to the end of the season now and look to go again in August.”
“It’s not that big of a blow.
“Smith has been impressive for QPR this season, but he is by no means, their best striker.
“McClaren already has the likes of Nahki Wells and Tomer Hemed available to him and