QPR manager Mark Warburton says that the substitution of Jordy De Wijs during his side’s 2-0 win over Bristol City was done as a precaution, while Geoff Cameron’s absence from that game was down to a minor injury.
De Wijs joined QPR on loan from Hull back in the January transfer window, but a calf injury meant that this weekend’s win at Ashton Gate marked his debut for the club.
The defender was substituted just past the hour mark in that game, being replaced by Osman Kakay, although it seems as though his withdrawal from the match ought not to be a cause for any further concern for Rangers.
Explaining the situation that led to De Wijs’ substitution, Warburton told West London Sport: “It was his first game. He’s played for the Under-23s and that’s a bit of a step up from the 23s and we have to look after him.”
Cameron meanwhile, did not feature in the matchday squad at all for QPR at Ashton Gate, and explaining the reasons behind that, Warburton revealed: “Geoff had a small knock. He’s 36 years of age, has played a lot of football – probably far more than he expected – and done a great job for us.”
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This does seem to have been a fairly sensible approach for Warburton and QPR to take with regards to De Wijs.
Having been made to wait so long to get to see him in action, they are not going to want to lose him for another period of games by giving him too much work to do too soon.
Indeed, with De Wijs having enjoyed an impressive debut on Saturday, it does seem as though he is a player who can certainly be useful for Rangers when fit, meaning they must do what they can to keep him that.
Of course, it is the availability of De Wijs that will have helped them give Cameron that break here, and the extra scope to rotate his defensive options between now and the end of the season ought to be useful for Warburton.