Morrison nursing a minor thigh problem

Ravel Morrison is nursing a slight thigh problem ahead of QPR’s game against Birmingham City.

Morrison, on loan at Rangers from West Ham, endured a frustrating evening playing for England Under-21s against Wales on Wednesday.

He struggled to make an impact in the game at Derby’s Pride Park and was substituted midway through the second half.

The midfielder looked disgruntled at the decision to take him off but it was made partly because of a minor injury that Rangers are hopeful will not prevent Morrison featuring at St Andrews, where he had a spell on loan last season.

“He lives for football and was disappointed probably not to get into the game as he would have liked,” explained England Under-21 boss Gareth Southgate.

“He had a tightness in his thigh, so we were never going to play him for more than 60-65 minutes. I had a chat with him afterwards and he was fine [about being substituted].”

Rangers are also hoping that Niko Kranjcar and Gary O’Neil shake off injuries before Saturday’s match, while Armand Traore believes he can recover from a back problem in time.

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