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Queens Park Rangers: Four players nearing first-team returns

Queens Park Rangers: Four players nearing first-team returns

Report: Mark Warburton gives QPR injury update ahead of Portsmouth clash

QPR manager Mark Warburton has no fresh injury worries ahead of his side’s Carabao Cup tie against Portsmouth this evening.

Four first-teamers – Luke Amos, Geoff Cameron, Olamide Shodipo and Lee Wallace – are the only members of the squad unavailable for the visit of the south coast side, with Warburton noting that they are all close to completing recoveries from their respective fitness issues.

Amos and Cameron were both sidelined during last week’s defeat to Swansea City, while Shodipo suffered a setback in recent weeks after injuring his knee not long after the season’s kick-off.

Meanwhile, Lee Wallace is nearing match fitness and has been training following a hip injury that has delayed the Scot from making his Hoops debut after his summer move from Rangers.

With no other selection issues on the back of the weekend’s success over Wigan Athletic, Warburton gave a somewhat positive outlook on those who remain sidelined for tonight’s game.

The manager told the club’s website: “Luke [Amos] is coming back. We were very pleased with the scan. It is nothing too serious so hopefully Luke is only a few days away. Geoff [Cameron] is slightly ahead of him with his recovery so both of them are pushing.

“Lee [Wallace] is back out on the grass and training better than he has since he has been here.

“Now we have to look at game time and building up his match preparation. He has missed pre-season so we have to be aware of that, but he is in a good place right now.”

Elsewhere, Shodipo is thought to become available for selection after the international break.

The news will be a two-fold boost for QPR, with no new injury concerns allowing the squad that saw off Wigan on Saturday the chance to build on that performance in front of a home crowd after halting a run of four games without victory.

And with the added lift of players nearing a return to the first-team fold, Warburton could soon be able to boast a clean bill of health for his squad should his side round off the week and head into the international break with no further issues.

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