QPR manager Mark Warburton says that midfielder Tom Carroll was left out of his side’s 0-0 draw with Birmingham City on Saturday as fitness precaution.
Carroll has featured in every league game for QPR this season after joining as a free agent in the summer – having been released by Swansea in January – although Wednesday night’s defeat to Preston was the first time he completed 90 minutes this season.
Now it seems as though that is something that influenced Warburton when it came to his decision to leave Carroll out of the matchday squad this weekend.
Explaining why Carroll was not part of either the starting lineup or the substitutes bench on Saturday, Warburton told West London Sport: “The other night was the first 90 minutes Tom had played for 10 months. That’s why he wasn’t involved in the squad today.”
Following that stalemate, QPR sit 16th in the Championship table with seven points from seven games this season, and are next in action when they travel to Oakwell to face Barnsley on Tuesday night.
It does seem as though this was a sensible decision for Warburton to make with regards to Carroll.
Going from playing very little football at this level, to playing as much as he has recently is going to be tough on anybody, and it is at that point when injuries are more likely to happen.
As a result, you can understand why Warburton did not want to take a risk with him here, particularly given that with so many games in such a short space of time, they are going to need as many players as possible available to help cope with that busy schedule.