Luongo left out of QPR’s pre-season squad ahead of move

QPR: Massimo Luongo

Massimo Luongo has been left out of QPR’s squad for their pre-season trip to Austria ahead of an expected move away from the club.

West London Sport revealed last month that Rangers are looking to offload the Australian midfielder, who has a year remaining on his contract.

And manager Mark Warburton confirmed on Saturday that Luongo had been omitted from the squad for the trip because his future lies elsewhere.

Sheffield Wednesday are interested in Luongo, as are a number of clubs abroad.

Warburton told the club website: “Massimo has been a loyal servant of the club for the last four years and his passion and commitment for QPR has always been there for everyone to see out on the pitch.

“Massimo’s future could now lie away from QPR and therefore it is important that we prepare for that potential eventuality.

“We will give opportunities in Austria to some of the club’s younger players who have come through the academy, such as Charlie Owens and Charlie Rowan.”

Midfielder Owens, 21, joined QPR in 2017 after being released by Tottenham.

Rowan, also 21, is a defender who was signed in November. He was a free agent, having been released by Watford last summer.