QPR manager Ian Holloway has revealed that injury-plagued midfielder Jordan Cousins will miss the opening weeks of the season, with a hamstring problem, according to West London Sport.
Following his move from League 1 outfit Charlton Athletic last summer, Cousins had made a strong start to his Loftus Road career, making 21 appearances in all competitions, yet to find the back of the net but providing an assist from central midfield.
However, his season was cut short in January 2017 by a thigh injury sustained in training, and while Holloway had hoped to have the former England youth international available when the Football League returns this coming weekend, he has now revealed that he is likely to be without the 23-year-old midfielder for ‘five to six weeks’, pending official confirmation from the club’s physios.
Holloway went on to add that he was surprised that Cousins had picked up another injury, as he was showing no signs of such a problem during Rangers’ pre-season preparations, and added that it helps Cousins mentally to know that it is not a recurrence of the same injury – which helps the former Charlton man to trust his body and realise that it is built for the rigours of a long, arduous Championship season.
The former Blackpool boss noted that Cousins is more unlucky than injury prone, and both men will no doubt hope that the 23-year-old’s recovery from this latest setback will prove to be the end of the bad luck.
Holloway is already battling against the tide in the Championship – in a league of big spenders, QPR’s previous mismanagement is now severely hampering the budget and resources available to the former Leicester City boss.
Therefore, he could do with all the help he can get from within his own squad and with varying question marks over arguably his two strongest players, centre backs Steven Caulker and Grant Hall, Holloway will hope to see Cousins back in action sooner rather than later, as he seeks to drag his side up the table, when a relegation battle looks the more likely outcome this season.
From Cousins’ point of view, it is horrible for a footballer when his body keeps letting him down and as a young player, he will hope that this is the last of his injury problems and he can get back onto the pitch and help QPR as soon as possible and regain his own confidence in his body.
QPR fans – how much of a miss is Cousins? Does he slot straight back in when he returns? Let us know below…