QPR manager Mark Warburton says goalkeeper Seny Dieng had broken his nose before being sent off during his side’s 2-1 win at Middlesbrough on Saturday afternoon.
Dieng was given his marching orders just before the hour mark at The Riverside Stadium, after rushing out of his area and bringing down ‘Boro’s Duncan Watmore with the striker through on goal.
Prior to that however, Dieng had taken a blow to the face in the first half when preventing Yannick Bolasie from equalising for ‘Boro, in a game QPR had initially led 2-0 thanks to goals from Rob Dickie and Lee Wallace.
Now it seems as Dieng certainly felt the force of that knock when keeping his side ahead in the game.
Discussing the situation surrounding his goalkeepers after the match, Warburton was quoted by The Brent and Kilburn Times as saying: “When Seny had the injury, he broke his nose – quite a nasty break. He wanted to come out for the second half. He did very well.
“He pulled off the good save after the injury. But to have a keeper of Joe Lumley’s quality on the bench is very pleasing for us.”
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Next up for QPR following that victory, is a trip to the Liberty Stadium to face promotion hopefuls Swansea City on Tuesday night.
I do think you have to credit Dieng for the commitment he showed to QPR here.
Having suffered a blow such as that during the first half, it was a brave move for him to head back out there for the second half, and put himself on the line for the side again.
With that in mind, the red card may not be the worst thing for him here, since his suspension could give him a bit of extra time to recover from that injury.
Indeed, with Lumley having impressed again while filling in for Dieng here, you do feel as though they ought to be able to cope in the 26-year-old’s absence as well.