Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has provided a promising injury update on the Rs goalkeeper, Jordan Archer.
In recent comments cited by West London Sport, the QPR manager revealed that the 28-year-old summer signing has been absent from the Rs bench for the last four fixtures after an accidental collision in training, meaning the Scotland international had to adhere to concussion protocols.
And, while Archer did not make the bench for the club’s 2-0 win over Birmingham City earlier this week, as was predicted by West London Sport, the shot-stopper looks set to be available for the visit of Preston North End on Saturday.
Speaking about the goalkeeper’s current condition, Warburton said: “We had a concussion situation with Jordan and we had to go through the protocols. He got a smack in training, which is always a risk that we run. But Joe [Walsh] is more than capable of stepping up. Jordan took a nasty whack, we followed the protocols and we’ve gone through that process now.”
While Archer is by no means a guaranteed starter at the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium, having yet to make a league appearance since joining QPR back in July, the ‘keeper has nevertheless demonstrated his ability in the club’s Carabao Cup campaign so far this season, with his return to the bench undoubtedly making the west London side stronger in the position – something which is sure to have fans buzzing.
The £270k-rated man impressed in the 2-0 win over Oxford United, keeping a clean sheet, making one save, completing two successful runs out, making one tackle and winning one duel, with these returns seeing the 28-year-old earn a SofaScore match rating of 7.3.
As such, while Archer is unlikely to oust the undisputed QPR number one, Seny Dieng, in the Preston clash this weekend, his return to the bench certainly strengthens Warburton’s options in the position – should the 59-year-old need to make a change between the sticks.