Boss explains painful problem that has sidelined QPR youngster

QPR boss Mark Warburton is hopeful Matt Smith will be fully fit after the international break.

Smith joined the west London side on a season-long loan from Manchester City in the summer with the hope of getting more first-team experience.

City rate Smith highly and he was given a five-year contract prior to his move to Loftus Road.

However, the young midfielder has yet to really get going for Warburton’s side and is currently behind the likes of Geoff Cameron and Josh Scowen in the pecking order.

He has been affected by injuries – and missed Rangers’ recent game against Blackburn Rovers because of an abscess on his tooth.

Warburton explained to West London Sport: “Matty had an abscess on his tooth. It was a nasty one. We’ve all had those things and it’s painful, so he’s had to get over that.

“He missed four or five days (of training) but he’s fine now.”

Warburton is also hoping to have Grant Hall and Luke Amos back in action soon.

On-loan Tottenham midfielder Amos has been struggling with a hamstring problem in recent weeks.

“We’ve got some good players to come back into the squad, like Luke Amos and Matt Smith,” Warburton said.

“Luke should be ready after the international break and Grant should be too. Grant had done very well for us.”




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