QPR assessing Dykes after striker picks up injury

QPR are assessing a knee injury Lyndon Dykes picked up during their Carabao Cup defeat against Norwich.

The striker limped off shortly before he was due to be substituted in Wednesday’s game at Loftus Road.

Boss Gareth Ainsworth expects to learn more about Dykes’ injury in the next 24 hours.

He is not expected to be involved in Saturday’s home match against Ipswich but Ainsworth is hopeful the problem is not serious.

“I’ll find out today, no doubt,” Ainsworth said on Thursday morning.

“Initial reports are that it’s not as bad as we feared. Precaution was the right way to go about it.”

Ainsworth was encouraged by the performances of QPR’s young players in the cup tie.

Jonathan Rowe’s goal in the final seconds sent Rangers out of the tournament.

Both managers made several changes and Ainsworth brought on academy products Alex Aoraha and Rayan Kolli in the second half for their senior debuts.

Ainsworth said: “I got what I needed tonight and that was seeing the commitment and the standard of the players that haven’t been playing.

“We had players on the pitch from the academy during the game and two debutants at the end who are playing against players who have been sold for millions.

“So I’m really proud of the boys, but it is gutting to lose the goal at the end. The boys didn’t deserve that. Gutted but very proud.

“It’s cruel but it’s a lesson for some of our young boys and the future looks quite rosy here.”