QPR manager Mark Warburton has revealed that Lee Wallace and Sam McCallum should be ready to return to action in the next two or three weeks with Sam Field not far behind.
The Rs were forced to play Yoann Barbet as an unorthodox left-wing-back during their 2-1 defeat at West Brom on Friday, with both McCallum and Wallace still out of action through respective injuries.
Against West Brom, that meant that Warburton wanted to have a more physical player in that position and so Barbet was moved from his usual centre-back role. Although it was not a change that worked really with the Rs’ ending up on the end of a defeat.
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QPR have also been missing the presence of Field in the middle of the park, and that has been a big miss because the midfielder offers them a different sort of option to the likes of Stefan Johansen and Dominic Ball.
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Speaking to West London Sport ahead of the Rs’ meeting with Birmingham City tonight, Warburton revealed that McCallum and Wallace are set to return to action in the next two or three weeks after the international break. While he also suggested Field will not be too far behind that as well.
He said: “They (McCallum and Wallace) are probably two or three weeks away, so the international break gives us a window to try and get a couple of boys fit.
“Sam (McCallum) and Lee will probably be looking to come back around the same time, with Sam Field not far behind.
“With a hamstring injury you’re usually going to be out for three to four weeks.
“If it’s a very low-grade one you can get away with seven to 10 days. Anything above that and you’re looking at weeks longer.”
This is positive news for the Rs because they have been suffering without both of their two first-choice left-back or left-wing-back options.
The pair’s absence from the squad is creating a major headache for Warburton and he got it wrong in starting Barbet there on Friday at West Brom.
Both McCallum and Wallace have been pushing each other for regular starts in the side and having that strength in depth and competition for places is vital for the Rs. Therefore, having them both back in the next few weeks will be a huge plus for Warburton.
Field’s return will also be crucial for QPR and he might be able to come back into the side and make a difference for them in the middle of the park.
Ball has been performing well for the Rs this season so far, but Field would be able to provide a different option and push him strongly for his place.