Queens Park Rangers have been handed a double boost ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.
According to a report by West London Sport, both Charlie Austin and Moses Odubajo are set to make a return to Mark Warburton’s matchday squad for the visit of Bristol City this weekend.
The 30-year-old Austin was absent from QPR’s mid-week loss to AFC Bournemouth due to a family bereavement, while right-back Odubajo also missed the 2-1 defeat due to a knock picked up in last weekend’s 3-3 draw with Reading.
Meanwhile, Luke Amos has not been deemed fit enough for Saturday’s fixture, with the midfielder’s return to first-team action being earmarked for the Rs’ Carabao Cup meeting with Everton next week, while Sam Field and Lee Wallace are also unavailable due to injury.
Speaking about the current state of his squad, Warburton said: “Hopefully everyone’s fit and well. Sam and Lee are a few weeks away but Luke did 90 for the B team, so he’ll look to get involved from Tuesday onwards. Other than that we’ve got a full squad to pick from, so we’re in good shape.”
With Warburton undoubtedly hoping that his QPR side can bounce back from their first loss of the Championship season with a win against Bristol City this weekend, the return of both Austin and Odubajo is sure to have left the 59-year-old manager buzzing.
While Austin has not been in the best goalscoring form of his career over his five league appearances so far this term, having found the back of the net just once, the addition of a player who scored eight goals and registered one assist over 21 Championship fixtures last season is undoubtedly a major boost for Warburton.
Meanwhile, considering the poor display of stand-in right-back Osman Kakay against the Cherries, with the 24-year-old earning a disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.2 for his efforts in the fixture, the return of summer signing Odubajo will also please the Rs boss.
As such, it would very much seem as if the reintroduction of both players to Warburton’s matchday squad will increase the 59-year-old chances of picking up a positive result against the Robins, something which is sure to delight everyone involved with QPR.