Willock could wait for QPR return

Chris Willock was outstanding for QPR before his recent injury (Picture: Ian Randall Photography)

QPR boss Mick Beale says the fitness of Chris Willock and Tyler Roberts will be assessed on Thursday before a decision is made on whether the pair will return to action against Birmingham.

Willock has missed the past four matches after injuring his hamstring in the win against Sheffield United, with Roberts missing the wins over Cardiff and Wigan with a calf problem.

With Rangers facing a trip to Norwich next Wednesday before hosting West Brom on November 5, Beale admitted he is wary of rushing the pair back although skipper Stefan Johansen has been cleared after coming off against Wigan with a glute muscle injury.

“Everyone is OK. We have no major issues from last week,” Beale said.

“Tyler still has this slight problem with his calf where some days it’s good some days it’s not and it’s important we make a good decision with him.

“With Chris, given we have five games left (before the World Cup), do we put him on the bench tomorrow or do we wait until Norwich? It will be a decision based on who is available.”

Beale said the recent performances by Sinclair Armstrong has given him food for thought and said it has allowed him the luxury of not having to rush players back prematurely.

He said: “Sinclair has come on in the last two games and had a really big impact so that has made me panic less because we have won three of the last four without Chris which is a big thing for the group.”