QPR striker Bonne expected to be fit for Blackburn game

Macauley Bonne of QPR

Mark Warburton has confirmed Macauley Bonne was only suffering from cramp when he came off late in Monday’s win over Watford and should be fit to face Blackburn on Saturday.

Bonne fell to the ground in agony clutching his calf at Vicarage Road in what initially looked like a serious muscle injury, but managed to play on for another minute or so before being withdrawn shortly before Albert Adomah’s dramatic late winner secured a third successive away win for Warburton’s side.

Lyndon Dykes missed the match due to a positive Covid-19 test by a family member and is self-isolating, but is expected to be able to return for Saturday against Rovers.

Warburton was pleased with the roles of his squad players in getting the three points.

The Rangers boss said: “Macca got cramp so we had to adjust up top. Albert went up top and scored the goal so it was good to use the squad.

“Chrissy Willock and George Thomas made vital contributions when they come on, so there is some individual credit, but it was a collective effort.”

New signing Stefan Johansen enjoyed a solid debut after joining on loan from Fulham, adding some much-needed mobility and experience in the middle of midfield.

“I was really pleased with him, I thought his experience showed,” Warburton said.

“He has good pitch geography in terms of knowing when to go and when to press and hold the shape and I thought he showed good technical quality with the pass of the game.

“He has the experience and the quality to win in this division. He is the captain of Norway and has 55 caps so there is a lot he brings to the squad.”