Queens Park Rangers have been handed a potential triple injury blow ahead of their upcoming Championship fixture.
In recent comments cited by West London Sport, Mark Warburton confirmed that Sam McCallum will miss the Rs’ clash with Birmingham City on Tuesday evening due to a hamstring injury, and that he will not be in line for a return to first-team action until after the international break.
Speaking about the left-back’s injury, as well as the recovery of fellow defender Lee Wallace, the 59-year-old said: “They are probably two or three weeks away, so the international break gives us a window to try and get a couple of boys fit. Sam and Lee will probably be looking to come back around the same time.”
The QPR manager also revealed that both Stefan Johansen and Jordy de Wijs will undergo fitness tests on Tuesday to determine whether or not they will be available for selection against the Blues, with both players having been withdrawn due to knocks in the club’s 2-1 loss to West Bromwich Albion last Friday.
Warburton said: “Stef is in this morning and so is Jordy to see how they are. It’s about seeing how the boys report in. At the moment it’s about checking personnel. You can’t risk them if they’re not right. We’ll check them this morning and see how they are.”
While McCallum’s absence was to be expected, should QPR also be without both central midfielder Johansen and centre-back De Wijs for the visit of Birmingham on Tuesday, it would undoubtedly leave Warburton gutted.
Indeed, over his nine Championship appearances so far this season, club captain Johansen has highly impressed, scoring one goal, registering two assists and averaging a SofaScore match rating of 6.88, ranking him as the Rs’ ninth-best player in the second tier.
Meanwhile, De Wijs has also been one of Warburton’s standout performers over his nine league fixtures, helping his side keep two clean sheets, registering two assists and earning an average SofaScore match rating of 7.20, seeing the centre-back rank as the club’s joint second-best player in the division.
As such, the loss of either player would come as a huge blow to the club’s chances of picking up a win against Lee Bowyer’s side, something that Warburton will be certainly be hoping for after seeing his side fall to three consecutive losses in the league.