Saturday 17 March 2018

Warnock's boot grief

Simon Peach

QPR manager Neil Warnock revealed his fury at "stupid" lightweight football boots after confirming striker DJ Campbell will be out for up to eight weeks with a suspected broken metatarsal. The 29-year-old was due to start against Blackburn but picked up an injury during training Thursday.

Warnock revealed the injury will keep Campbell out for at least four weeks, but could leave him on the sidelines for up to two months should the bone require pinning.

"He had an accident on Thursday in the last kick of the training game," Warnock said after watching QPR draw 1-1 with Blackburn. "I think it is these stupid boots, they're like carpet slippers. Don't talk to me about these boots."

With Campbell ruled out, QPR striker Heidar Helguson got his first start of the season.

The 34-year-old did not disappoint at Loftus Road, giving QPR a 16th-minute lead thanks to a deft cross-shot.

Christopher Samba equalised eight minutes later with a header after latching on to Jason Lowe's corner, meaning the sides left with a point apiece.

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