Queens Park Rangers have been handed a big selection boost ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.
In recent comments cited by West London Sport, Mark Warburton revealed that Ilias Chair is fit and available for selection for the Rs’ clash with Reading on Saturday afternoon, having trained with the club on Friday.
The 23-year-old had initially appeared to be a doubt for the Championship fixture as, while away on international duty with Morocco earlier this week, his team had to be escorted out of Guinea due to a military coup in the west African country.
However, when asked whether the attacking midfielder would feature on Saturday, Warburton said: “He’s mentally very strong. He’s a young guy that loves playing football. He got back safely and trained very well yesterday, so he’ll be fine and available for selection.”
Meanwhile, Lee Wallace has been ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury, Lyndon Dykes looks set to face a late fitness test to determine whether or not he will be included in the 59-year-old manager’s matchday squad, and Andre Gray could be in line to make his QPR debut following his deadline day move from Watford. [West London Sport]
The absence of Wallace and the potential loss of Dykes will come as a blow to Warburton, but considering just how impressive Chair has been for QPR so far this season, the 59-year-old will likely the buzzing that the Morocco midfielder is seemingly available to start the clash with Reading.
Indeed, over his four Championship fixtures so far this term, the £3.6m-rated ace has already scored one goal and registered one assist, as well as taking 1.3 shots and making 2.3 key passes per game.
As such, with Warburton undoubtedly hoping that his QPR side can continue their unbeaten start to the season against the Royals on Saturday, the return of Chair will provide the 59-year-old’s chances of doing so with a considerable boost – something which is sure to delight everyone involved with the west London club.