Hugill has surgery ‘away from the madness’

Jordan Hugill has used the break in football to have surgery on a groin problem and says he has also enjoyed being able to spend time with his family in the north.

The Middlesbrough-born striker is on loan from West Ham at QPR, who were one of the first clubs to tell their players not to report for training because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Hugill told Rangers’ website: “It’s a difficult time for everyone but the doctor was brilliant at QPR and he let us go home.

“I’m up north, away from the madness of London for the time being. It’s nice to be home and spend time with my family.”

Hugill has scored 13 goals for QPR this season but has spent the campaign struggling with injury.

Games being suspended gave him the chance to have surgery, which he says has been a complete success.

Hugill said: “The surgeon said to me there was a lot more damage than he thought there was.

“I’ve been in pain since the start of the season really – since the very first game.

“Me, the manager and the medical staff have been managing it really well.

“This window of opportunity gave me that chance to get it sorted and put no pressure on a comeback, because we don’t know when football will be back.

“I was in pain and to get through games I was taking anti-inflammatories. It was a case of managing the pain I was in.

“The pain was quite a lot at one point. I had an injection in my pubic bone as well to try and settle that pain down.

“It was difficult, but I came to QPR to play football and I wasn’t going to let anything stop that for me.”