QPR manager Mark Warburton says he is hopeful that centre back Jordy De Wijs is close to being ready to make his debut for the club.
De Wijs joined QPR on loan from Hull with the option to buy back in the January transfer window, but has yet to make an appearance for the Championship club, after struggling with a calf problem.
However, it now seems as though Warburton is optimistic it will not be long until we see De Wijs in a QPR shirt, although it will not be this weekend when they host Blackburn, with De Wijs set to train with the side on Friday.
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Providing an update on De Wijs ahead of that game, Warburton was quoted by West London Sport as saying: “I hope so. It’s close.”
Discussing the nature of the injury that has been suffered by De Wijs, Warburton went on to add: “The type of injury he’s got is a niggling one. It’s frustrating.
“But I think he’s out on the grass with us tomorrow and hopefully he’s very, very close now.”
While QPR are expected to be without De Wijs against Rovers, it is thought that midfielder Sam Field could make his debut for the club, following his deadline day loan move from West Brom.
QPR go into that game 17th in the Championship table, four points clear of the relegation zone following their 2-1 win at Watford on Monday night.
You can probably understand the sentiments aired by Warburton here with regards to De Wijs.
Having brought in a new signing, you are going to want to integrate him into the squad as quickly as possible, then he can start to make an immediate impact on the pitch.
That is something that QPR have so far been able to do with De Wijs, which given they are not exactly stacked with options at centre back, may be something of a concern for them should someone else go down in that position.
Even so, it does seem as though De Wijs may not be too far away from a return to action which will at least be a relief, and they will be getting a solid defender to call upon once he becomes available for selection.