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Mark Warburton issues squad update ahead of QPR’s clash with Sheffield Wednesday

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Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has provided an injury update ahead of his side’s FA Cup fourth round clash against Sheffield Wednesday on Friday evening at Loftus Road.

The R’s boss was speaking at the pre-match press conference ahead of the big game, and discussed the fitness of Joe Lumley, Jordan Hugill and Yoann Barbet.

Hugill is back fit and is training with the squad once again after missing QPR’s last league game against Leeds with injury.

Goalkeeper Joe Lumley is also likely to be available in time for tomorrow’s game, but it remains to be seen if he will take Liam Kelly’s place after two impressive showings from the 23-year-old against Swansea and Leeds respectively.

Warburton also provided an update on Yoann Barbet, who has been out for the last three months with a knee injury. He was meant to return to the fray in December, but suffered another setback in training.

“Yoann Barbet is out on the grass and will be back in full training on Monday,” the QPR boss said.

Other than that, there are no other injury issues to report.

QPR have won their last four consecutive meetings against Sheffield Wednesday, not losing to the Owls since April 2017.

A win for Rangers will see them make the fifth round of the competition for the second consecutive year.

The Verdict

It is very good news for QPR that Yoann Barbet is back on the grass and will return to training imminently, as it has been a difficult couple of months for the Frenchman.

It was not predicted that he would be on the sidelines for this length of time when the injury was suffered against Reading in October.

However, he will have to be eased into things as Mark Warburton cannot risk the 26-year-old suffering another setback.

This Friday will be too soon, but he may be able to feature in some capacity against Blackburn next Tuesday.


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