Derry shrugs off knee problem

Shaun Derry was left nursing a knock after QPR’s friendly against Bodmin but expects to recover within days.

Derry received a heavy kick to his knee before being substituted during Friday’s match, which the R’s won 7-0.

Rangers will assess the injury when they arrive in Italy for the next stage of their pre-season campaign, which the midfielder expects to play a full part in.

“I got a kick, unfortunately, but it should soon settle down,” Derry told West London Sport.

“I would expect to be okay for the first game in Italy. That’s next week, so it gives me a few days to let it calm down.

“You get these knocks in pre-season. It’s all about trying to recover properly and getting ice on it at the right time.

“Obviously the flight there won’t help, but soon after that I’ll be able to deal with the swelling.”

The predictably one-sided game against Bodmin concluded Rangers’ second successive summer trip to Devon and Cornwall, where manager Neil Warnock is well known following a spell as Plymouth boss.

Warnock’s former club Argyle were tough opponents, but Tavistock and Bodmin were both easily thrashed.

Derry said: “It was quite similar to last year really. We’ve played the same type of opponents and scored the right amount of goals. I think it went how the gaffer would have expected.

“We’re down here for a reason – to take the pressure off the boys and work in a relaxing environment – and it works for us. It’s been a good trip.”