QPR defender Bidwell’s injury not as serious as feared

Jake Bidwell suffered what looked like a nasty injury. [Picture: John Walton/PA Wire]

Jake Bidwell could resume training next week after scans revealed a shoulder injury he suffered against Derby is not as serious as QPR initially feared.

The former Brentford defender was taken off after half an hour of Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Derby at Loftus Road.

Manager Steve McClaren initially suggested the injury looked serious and could keep Bidwell sidelined well after the international break.

Jordan Cousins, who went off against Derby with an ankle problem, is also expected to make a quick return to training.

QPR’s head of medical services Dr Imtiaz Ahmad told the club website: “Jake injured his left shoulder and Jordan suffered an injury to his left ankle.

“I am pleased to report both are responding well to treatment and improving every day.

“We are aiming for them to resume with the training group next week.”

Relief for Rangers

Bidwell being sidelined for a lengthy spell would have been a significant blow for Rangers, who are not heavily stocked with other options at left-back.

They are already without right-back Darnell Furlong, with short-term signing Angel Rangel having been signed as cover.

Veteran defender Rangel moved across from the right to play as a makeshift left-back after Bidwell went off against Derby.

Bidwell is no stranger to shoulder injuries – he spent two months on the sidelines in 2016 after suffering a dislocated shoulder against Burton Albion.