Report: QPR winger facing spell on sidelines
QPR winger Olamide Shodipo is facing yet more injury problems, with the youngster set to miss a minimum of two weeks’ action due to persistent knee trouble, according to West London Sport.
The 22-year-old has endured an injury-hit career so far, with opportunities hard to come by as a result – spending the vast majority of last year out of the squad.
He was used sparingly towards the end of the most recent campaign under Steve McClaren, and made a substitute appearance this season in the win over Stoke City on the opening day.
Having signed a contract extension until next summer, Shodipo had held high hopes of proving himself this season – though this latest injury will clearly be a setback towards achieving those aims.
Shodipo can perhaps take heart from his immediate future not appearing to be in any danger due to the support he has had from senior figures at the club during his short career to date.
McClaren had previously labelled him as ‘exceptional’ upon his initial return from injury last season, while Mark Warburton made his plans to retain the services of Shodipo clear after hailing the winger’s pre-season performances.
So, despite a previous lack of opportunity leading to loan moves to Colchester United and Port Vale in the past, there is every chance that he will be in contention to stake a claim for a place in the QPR team once he returns, judging by the high regard his current manager holds him in.
Though for the time being, QPR may be somewhat short in terms of wide midfield options, with Ryan Manning still deputising at left-back, while Shodipo recovers from his latest injury.
How big a role can he play? Join the discussion by commenting below…Like what the TT have on offer? Sign up for more notifications!