Injury blow for QPR defender Masterson

Conor Masterson’s frustrating season is set to continue with the QPR defender’s loan stint with Swindon likely to be cut short because of a hamstring problem.

The Republic of Ireland Under-21 international suffered the injury during the Robins’ recent defeat against Shrewsbury and manager John Sheridan confirmed on Monday the centre-back is likely to be out for the rest of the campaign.

“Conor has a long-term injury,” Sheridan told the Swindon Advertiser.

“Our physio is liaising with QPR to see what is the best course of action for his recovery and treatment.

“We’ll do what’s best and what’s right for the lad, but he’s got quite a serious injury.

“I wouldn’t like to say whether we’ve seen the last of him, but it’s looking likely that he’ll miss about 10-12 weeks.”

Masterson is highly-rated by the Rangers coaching staff and was awarded a new three-year contract at the start of the season after making his first-team debut last term.

However, the form of Rob Dickie has limited the former Liverpool trainee’s game time time to just three starts – which have yielded two wins and a draw – this campaign.

Manager Mark Warburton wanted to loan out the Kildare-born 22-year-old at the start of the season to bolster his experience, but was unable to bring in a seasoned centre-back in September so allowed him to leave in January after the signing of Jordy de Wijs from Hull.

Masterson started five games for struggling League One side Swindon, who are currently fourth from bottom and in the relegation zone.