QPR training pitch aggravates Hall injury, says Holloway

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Ian Holloway believes the condition of the pitches at QPR’s training ground has contributed to Grant Hall’s injury problems.

Hall has been struggling with tendonitis and manager Holloway says the hard surface at Rangers’ Harlington base, which is owned by Imperial College, is having an adverse affect.

“It’s our training pitch, which is very, very firm and it’s not helped with this,” Holloway said.

“It’s the amount of water that we can put on that pitch that isn’t enough, so it’s ongoing issues. The training ground isn’t ours, so we’re looking into that.”

‘Absolutely gutted’

Hall is set to miss Saturday’s opening-day game at home to Reading along with Jordan Cousins, who has another hamstring injury.

“There’s always somebody in your squad who’s not fit, suspended or injured,” Holloway said.

“Grant is important for us, with his ability at the back and to step forward with the ball. You only have to look at our stats last season to see we struggled to get results without him.

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Holloway’s side begin their season on Saturday

“Jordan I am absolutely gutted for. I have never seen such an unbelievable athlete in my life.

“We sent him away at the end of last year. He was having some issues; it was his thigh and then his hamstring. There must be something that we’ve got to try and look at, because he’s got a tear in his hamstring this time.

“It’s nothing to do with the work we’ve done. It must be something to do with him.

“He still feels upbeat about it. He feels better and much more positive. We haven’t seen the best of him yet and we might have to wait a few weeks before we do.”