Speaking to QPR’s official website, striker Jordan Hugill has revealed how he has had an operation on a groin injury and how he has had to play through pain for much of this season for the Hoops.
The striker has had a decent season for the men in blue and white so far this year, and with Nahki Wells leaving in the January window, the onus has been on him to score goals.
He’s done that fairly well, too, especially when it sounds as though he’s been in pain for quite a while.
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Indeed, he had put off having an operation and instead looked to play through it with the help of anti-inflammatories but, with the enforced break in the season, he seized the opportunity to try and have a longer-term fix sorted.
“The surgeon said to me there was a lot more damage than he thought there was.
“I’ve been in pain since the start of the season really – since the very first game.
“Me, the manager and the medical staff have been managing it really well.
“This window of opportunity gave me that chance to get it sorted and put no pressure on a comeback, because we don’t know when football will be back.
“I was in pain and to get through games I was taking anti-inflammatories. It was a case of managing the pain I was in.”
Certainly, one good thing about this current period is that players are able to get any fitness issues and niggles addressed without the fear of many much, if any, of the remaining fixtures.
Hugill, then, should be back up to speed by the time the season is resumed, providing it is, and R’s fans will hope that he is fully fit in order to help fire them into the top six.