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Long-term QPR absentee in line for return against Everton on Tuesday



QPR midfielder Luke Amos could feature for the first time in nearly a year on Tuesday night with Mark Warburton confirming he will return to the matchday squad for the EFL Cup tie against Everton.

Amos suffered a nasty knee injury against Bournemouth last October, which saw him sidelined for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign and much of the summer.

But he returned to action with the club’s U23s recently and, speaking after the 2-1 defeat to Bristol City on Saturday, Mark Warburton revealed he will be back in the squad and in contention to play against Everton on Tuesday evening.

“He’s pushing and banging on the door,” said the R’s boss. “He’s had such a nasty injury, we had to make sure he is right. To get 90 minutes under his belt is a huge credit to him and to the medical team.

“Now he’ll be available for selection and will be in the squad for Tuesday.”

Amos was named amongst the substitutes for his side’s Championship game against the Cherries in midweek but did not feature and any minutes he plays in the EFL Cup will be his first since picking up the injury last October.

The Tottenham academy product’s return bolsters Warburton’s options in midfield for the game against Everton, with the R’s manager hinting that Dom Ball was likely to play a key role after being left out of the starting XI against the Robins.

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This is fantastic news for the R’s as it seems Amos is now back fully fit and could make his long-awaited return against the Toffees in midweek.

The 24-year-old has been desperately unfortunate with injuries in recent years but was a useful option in the 2019/20 campaign.

It remains to be seen exactly where he will slot into the pecking order at the west London club, with Ball and captain Stefan Johansen seemingly first choice in central midfield at the moment while summer signing Sam Field is also expected to be back available soon.

These are good selection dilemmas to have for the west London club and Warburton.

London-based sports journalist at Snack Media EFL accredited, graduate of New Associates and the University of Brighton

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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