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QRR manager provides fitness update on Jordan Hugill after win over Middlesbrough

Queens Park Rangers manager Mark Warburton has said that Jordan Hugill’s substitution against Middlesbrough was done as a precautionary measure after he felt tightness in his hamstring.

The 28-year-old is currently Rangers’ joint top-scorer with 15 goals across all competitions and 13 of those have come in the Championship, where he has been nearly ever-present.

Earlier on Sunday, Hugill found the net in the 32nd minute for Rangers against Middlesbrough and that eventually proved the difference between the sides at the Riverside stadium.

Hugill was substituted immediately after opening the scoring for the west London outfit and speaking after the game, Warburton revealed that the change was more precautionary.

He added that the Hammers loanee did not suffer the injury during the celebration and the striker would be assessed prior to the midweek clash against Wigan Athletic on the road.

“He just felt a tightening at the back, so it (the substitution) was more precautionary. He actually felt it before he touched the ball. I thought he did it during the celebration, but he didn’t. It was a great finish and we’ll look after him and see how he is,” He told.

With the departure of Nahki Wells to Bristol City in January, Hugill is the only senior striker in the first-team squad and Rangers will require his services, if they are to push for a top-half-of-the-table finish.

He was reluctant to undergo a minor surgery for a groin problem earlier in the year, but eventually opted for the operation during the unexpected break to the proceedings because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The former Preston North End man failed to find the net in the first two games following the restart, but he has since bagged the opening goals in successive matches against Fulham and Middlesbrough.

It will be interesting to see whether he will be deemed fit for Wednesday’s trip to the DW Stadium to face Wigan Athletic, who recently made the surprise decision to enter administration.

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