Laird expected to make swift return for QPR

Ethan Laird is likely to miss QPR’s game at Hull on Saturday but his hamstring injury is not overly serious, boss Neil Critchley says. 

The on-loan Manchester United right-back went off just before half-time against Swansea but scans showed there was no major damage.

“Ethan when he comes off in the first half, you fear the worst,” Critchley said.

“We got relatively positive news about him and he is not going to be out for a significant period of time.

“He’ll be doubtful for this weekend but when you come off with a muscle injury you start to think it’s a long-term one, but it is not going to be long term. But he will be doubtful for Saturday.”

Lyndon Dykes, who was forced off due to illness against Swansea, is in line to return, with skipper Stefan Johansen pushing for a recall after completing 60 minutes against Brentford in a behind-closed-doors friendly on Wednesday.

Johansen has been sidelined since October with a heel injury.