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Mark Warburton raises QPR concern

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Queens Park Rangers boss Mark Warburton has warned not enough is being done to help players succeed given the current circumstances. 

Warburton announced he is hopeful of having Moses Odubajo available for this weekend’s FA Cup clash with Rotherham United, but is still struggling to name a full matchday squad due to various circumstances.

“We have now lost the three lads to the AFCON tournament now and of course we still have one or two injuries amongst the squad so it really is now still down to bare numbers, but you have to do what you can, it’s as simple as that,” said Warburton, via the club’s official website.

“We have rarely named a full bench in recent weeks, we are very limited at the moment, but the likes of Sam McCallum and Jordy De Wijs aren’t too far away and that will be a huge boost for us.”

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The QPR boss added that a culmination of many factors means that players aren’t being set up to succeed, saying more needs to be done to protect their well being. 

“But it’s more for me that we have players away with AFCON, we have World Cup qualifiers coming up with players going away and the mix between players away on international duty, injuries and the pandemic is a frustrating one and I don’t think the best is being done to ensure the players and club have the best opportunity to succeed right now,” added Warburton.

QPR will face Rotherham United on January 8 in the Third Round of the FA Cup.

The Hoops are currently fifth in the Championship table, five points behind the automatic promotion places. 

Warburton’s side have won their last two league games, beating Birmingham City and Bristol City 2-1 in both ties. 

Their league campaign resumes on January 15 with the visit of West Brom to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium. 

The Verdict

Warburton is right to suggest that the congested fixture list is hindering the health of his players. Player welfare is incredibly important and needs to be mentioned when it crosses a line.

Blaming AFCON for missing three players isn’t necessary though. This is an important competition for those players and the club knew it was coming up when the season started. 

The international travel aspect of football over the next few months is a tricky subject and there should be questions as to how necessary March’s break will be for a lot of countries, but international football is still a vital part of the game and needs to be played.


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