Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has dropped an injury update following the Rs’ Championship defeat on Friday evening.
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In comments cited by West London Sport, the 59-year-old revealed that central midfielder Stefan Johansen and centre-back Jordy de Wijs were both withdrawn in the 2-1 defeat to West Brom due to knocks, with Johansen in particular appearing to have injured his hamstring.
Speaking in his post-match press conference, Warburton said: “Stef we’ll have to assess in the morning and the same with Jordy. We’re placing such a demand on players and they will break. You’re asking athletes to deal with demands their bodies can’t take.
“We played two away games in a few days and lost Lee Wallace. Sam McCallum – as fit as you like, played 41 games for Coventry last season – out with a hamstring injury.
“You look at all the injuries in the league. It’s walking wounded all the time. There has to be at least a debate about what we’re going to do here.”
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Fans will be gutted
Considering how important both Johansen and De Wijs are to Warburton’s side, the respective injuries to the duo are sure to have left QPR fans gutted.
Indeed, over his nine Championship appearances so far this season, Johansen has scored one goal and provided his teammates with two assists, as well as making 1.9 key passes and 1.6 tackles and winning 3.4 duels per game.
Meanwhile, over De Wijs’ nine league appearances, the 26-year-old has helped his side to keep two clean sheets and registered two assists, as well as averaging 2.2 tackles, 2.2 interceptions and six clearances and winning 6.4 duels per fixture.
As such, should either of the stricken duo be ruled out for any length of time, it will undoubtedly come as a huge blow to QPR, who are now on a run of four games without a victory in the league.