QPR’s Wallace yet to return to training

QPR boss Mark Warburton admits Lee Wallace’s hamstring injury was worse than first feared but hopes the Scotland international will return to action well before Christmas.

The veteran left-back was enjoying a strong start to the Championship season before being forced off late in the second half of Rangers’ 3-2 win at Middlesbrough last month.

Wallace, 34, has struggled with injury since joining the club from Glasgow Rangers but was an integral part of the team’s revival in the second half of last season after recovering from a calf problem, putting together a string of impressive performances at the left wing-back spot to earn himself a new one-year contract.

Warburton said Wallace will undergo more assessment to chart his progress but confirmed he will not be available any time soon.

“It was a tendon-type injury and he will be re-scanned in a couple of weeks but he is doing his boxing, bike work and will be jogging again soon,” Warburton said

“It is frustrating for him as he was in good form. I hope to welcome Sam (Field) and Lee at around the same time fingers crossed, and it will be like two new players coming back to the squad.

“It is part and parcel of the game but you don’t like losing so many players to injury, but you look at the randomness of the fixtures it is just a case of getting through that and avoiding major injuries that can really devastate a squad.”