QPR defender De Wijs sidelined until new year

QPR defender Jordy De Wijs

Mark Warburton has confirmed that QPR defender Jordy De Wijs is expected to remain sidelined until the new year.

West London Sport revealed on Friday that De Wijs is unlikely to return from a calf injury before the end of the month.

And Rangers boss Warburton admitted: “This side of Christmas is probably highly unlikely.

“It’s a nasty one and a frustrating one for all concerned.

“It will probably be the other side (of Christmas). Hopefully not too far the other side, but I don’t think this side would be realistic.”

De Wijs has been out since going off during the first half of last month’s 1-1 draw with Nottingham Forest.

The 26-year-old Dutchman has been beset by injuries since joining the R’s, initially on loan.

Those injuries include a previous calf problem, which the current issue is unrelated to.

De Wijs was signed from Hull City on a permanent deal in the summer, having impressed when available to play during his loan spell last season.

He has started 11 Championship matches this term and 20 in total since his arrival in west London in January.

QPR have had a number of injury worries recently, with Sam McCallum having been sidelined by a torn hamstring.

Stefan Johansen limped off near the end of this week’s win over Huddersfield.

The captain will be assessed ahead of Monday’s trip to Derby along with Lyndon Dykes, Andre Gray and Moses Odubajo, who missed Wednesday’s game.