QPR manager Mark Warburton has been given a significant boost ahead of Saturday’s Championship trip to Hull with the return of three players from recent injuries.
West London Sport reported that Luke Amos, Grant Hall and Matt Smith are all available for selection for the match at the KCOM Stadium, having all been sidelined by injuries prior to the international break.
According to West London Sport, Smith is back after missing the win over Blackburn due to a mouth abscess, while Amos is back in contention for the first time since the hamstring injury he suffered at Luton last month.
Hall had been ever-present in QPR’s line-up this season prior to the win at Millwall last month and his return to the fold will likely see him come back into the team as part of a centre-back three alongside Toni Leistner and Yoann Barbet, assuming Warburton goes with the three at the back formation that he has used regularly since the start of September.
The 27-year-old’s return should give the R’s defence a towering, composed presence at the back, with the 6 ft 4 (1.92m) Hall winning an average of four aerial duels per game and with an 80.9% passing success rate that matches Leistner’s and is better than Barbet’s 77.1%. [via WhoScored]
The returns of on-loan midfield duo Amos and Smith leaves Warburton with plenty of choice in that area of the pitch.
Smith has only started two Championship matches this season and, with him usually playing either a defensive or attacking midfield role, his versatility could see him start from the bench and being brought on to play in one of those roles, depending on the game situation.
Amos played the first four league games of the campaign but has only had 21 minutes since then, with Ilias Chair looking set to have one midfield berth nailed down after starting the last seven matches. Dominic Ball had also enjoyed a sustained run in the team in midfield until losing his place against Blackburn.
Hall can feel confident of going straight back into the team, having been ever-present until his recent injury and with Warburton often lining up with a three-man central defence.
Amos and Smith could have to settle for a place on the bench, though, with the likes of Chair and Ball becoming mainstays in the midfield over the last few games.
QPR fans, how big a boost is it to have Hall, Smith and Amos back in contention and do you think they’ll all start against Hull? Have your say by commenting below!
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