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Mark Warburton shares bleak QPR injury update ahead of club’s showdown with Blackpool

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Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has revealed that Sam McCallum is set to be out of action for the foreseeable future as a result of a hamstring injury that he suffered last month.

The defender limped off during the first-half of the club’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest and was replaced by Moses Odubajo.

Forced to watch on from the sidelines for the club’s clash with Cardiff City earlier this week, McCallum will now need to undergo surgery after a scan revealed that he has sustained significant damage.

The defender is set to stay at QPR for his rehabilitation instead of returning to his parent-club Norwich City.

In McCallum’s absence on Wednesday, Warburton decided to utilise Odubajo on the left-hand side of the pitch.

The 28-year-old managed to produce an impressive performance against Cardiff as QPR sealed all three points thanks to a strike from Andre Gray.

Currently fifth in the Championship standings, the Hoops will be determined to back up their recent victory over the Bluebirds by securing a positive result in their showdown with Blackpool this weekend.

Ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Bloomfield Road, Warburton has shared a bleak update on McCallum’s injury.

Speaking to West London Sport about the defender, the QPR boss said: “He’ll have to have surgery this coming weekend I believe.

“He’ll be out for several more weeks.

“It’s a nasty injury.

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“The rehab will start immediately.

“It’s the demand of this crazy schedule – we’re seeing players go down with these types of injuries unfortunately.”

The Verdict

This is a major blow for QPR as McCallum has managed to show some real signs of promise for the club since joining them on a season-long loan deal from Norwich in the summer transfer window.

Currently averaging a respectable WhoScored match rating of 6.82 in the Championship, the former Coventry City man has managed to provide two direct goal contributions at his level for Warburton’s side.

When you consider that Lee Wallace may not be ready to feature in this weekend’s clash with Blackpool, Warburton could turn to Odubajo for inspiration again.

Having played 16 games as a left-back during his career, Odubajo will be confident in his ability to deliver the goods at Bloomfield Road in this particular position.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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