Queens Park Rangers have been dealt a major injury blow ahead of their upcoming Carabao Cup clash.
In recent comments cited by the QPR website, Mark Warburton revealed that both Jordy de Wijs and Lee Wallace will not be available for selection in Tuesday evening’s EFL Cup fixture against Oxford United, with the centre-back being ruled out due to an ankle injury picked up in last weekend’s 2-2 draw with Barnsley, while the left-back remains sidelined due to a hamstring injury.
When discussing the current state of his QPR squad, the 58-year-old said: “I’m not going to lie, we’re walking wounded at the moment! Jordy de Wijs won’t be available and Lee Wallace is out too. We’ve got a few out. Hopefully Jordy will be ready for Coventry on Saturday.
“We’ve got to keep tabs on the boys and won’t really know the team until Tuesday morning. The type of travelling we’ve done over the last week can really challenge the squad, which is tight anyway. But we’ll put a team out to go and win the game. Oxford will want to win to progress to the next round and we do too.”
Considering just how impressive De Wijs has been for QPR this season, the fact the centre-back looks set to miss the Carabao Cup game on Tuesday is sure to have left Warburton gutted.
Indeed, over his four Championship appearances for the Rs this term, the £900k-rated centre-back has helped his side keep one clean sheet, as well as making an average of 2.5 interceptions, 2.3 tackles, seven clearances and winning a whopping eight duels per game.
These returns have seen the former Netherlands U21 international average a SofaScore match rating of 7.17, ranking him as the west London side’s fourth-best performer in the second tier of English football.
However, the 58-year-old Rs manager will have to make do without the defender for the game against Oxford – a fixture in which Warburton will undoubtedly be hoping for a positive result, in order to continue his side’s unbeaten record in all competitions so far this season.