Queens Park Rangers interim boss Paul Hall has provided a promising injury update on Chris Willock after he missed the friendly game against Livingston earlier this week.
With the Championship set to resume next weekend, with QPR facing a tough game against table-toppers Burnley at Loftus Road, some teams have opted to have friendly fixtures to try and get their squads back to full fitness.
The Hoops defeated the Scottish Premiership outfit 2-1 on Thursday but the influential Willock was missing from the squad, which will have left supporters worried, as he had only just recovered from a hamstring injury ahead of the World Cup break.
However, Hall has put any fears at rest and suggested that the attacking midfielder will be fine for the visit of Burnley next weekend. He said:
“They were just not ready at this moment and it just a case of working them back fit and hopefully they will be ready to return to training in the next few days.
“Chris has just come back and he is not just quite ready so we didn’t want to risk him in a game like the Livingston one, but he is back in training, but this is just one step towards the Burnley game. I just need to get these boys all ready for that, that is what I have been asked to do.”
Whoever takes over from Michael Beale as QPR’s new manager will undoubtedly be delighted to hear that one of the most talented players at the club will be raring to go for the second half of the season.
The 24-year-old is currently the joint-top scorer at Loftus Road with six goals to his name, while only Ilias Chair is ranked higher in terms of average rating according to WhoScored, which emphasises just how important he is to the Hoops.
Willock has also averaged the second-most shots, most dribbles and third-most key passes per game in QPR’s squad, which highlights his attacking ability, so he will surely be crucial under the Hoops’ new boss.
Considering the west London outfit managed just one goal in five games ahead of the World Cup break, it can only be good news that the “fantastic” Willock will be fit for the Championship’s resumption, as he and the new manager will both be hoping to turn that woeful form around and get QPR back in the promotion mix-up.