Hamstring strain keeps QPR’s Willock out

QPR: Chris Willock

QPR will again be without Chris Willock for Saturday’s game at Middlesbrough, while Ethan Laird is a doubt.

Willock has a problem with the same hamstring he had surgery on last season and Rangers are unsure how long he is likely to be sidelined for.

Boss Neil Critchley said: “He’s out. It’s a hamstring strain and he won’t be available. It isn’t ideal, obviously – he’s frustrated and so are we.

“He’s definitely not going to be available for the short term. He’s had an operation before and it’s not as serious as that, but it’s not something that will keep him out for (just) a week.”

On-loan Manchester United full-back Laird was taken off at half-time against Sunderland this week after complaining of a hamstring problem.

Critchley said on Friday morning that Rangers were awaiting the results of Laird’s scan and were “still hopeful” that Tyler Roberts would return to action.

Taylor Richards is still unavailable, as is Leon Balogun. Jake Clarke-Salter is out with a hamstring injury.

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