Beale ‘delighted’ with QPR win but admits ‘concern’ over injuries

QPR boss Mick Beale is hoping another hamstring injury suffered by Chris Willock does not turn out to be serious.

The Rangers talisman, so badly missed this year when sidelined with a hamstring tear which required surgery, worryingly limped off five minutes after scoring at Sheffield United.

Willock’s goal – his sixth in nine matches this season – secured a cracking win for his team away to the Championship leaders and again underlined his importance to Beale’s side.

So another injury is a worry – and there is also concern for keeper Seny Dieng, who seemingly has another thigh injury.

Dieng was sidelined by a thigh problem last season and was unable to take goal kicks during the second half against the Blades, with defender Jimmy Dunne doing so instead.

Rangers will anxiously wait for the results of scans before knowing the extent of the injuries.

“He (Willock) felt something in his hamstring,” said Beale.

“He’s come back after an operation where he missed from March through to the start of the season, so I’m hoping it’s not a bad one. But we won’t know (until the scan results).

“Seny couldn’t kick the ball. He’s pulled his thigh. It’s a concern.”

It was nevertheless a great night for the R’s, who are fourth in the table and have now won three of their past four away matches.

Beale said he was “delighted” with a victory secured by “a lot of blood, guts and hard yards” but added that it was “miles too early” to say Rangers are genuine promotion contenders.