NW: Boots to blame for DJ injury

15 October 2011 06:57
QPR boss Neil Warnock revealed his fury at "stupid" lightweight football boots after confirming DJ Campbell will be out for up to eight weeks.[LNB] The 29-year-old was due to start Saturday's Premier League clash against Blackburn but picked up a suspected broken metatarsal during a training session Thursday.[LNB]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.[LNB]"He had an accident on Thursday in the last kick of the training game," Warnock said after watching QPR draw 1-1 with Blackburn.[LNB]"It looks he has got a metatarsal problem so he could be out for a few weeks.[LNB]"I think it will probably be longer than four weeks and he might have to have an operation. We'll know Monday.[LNB]"I think it is these stupid boots, they're like carpet slippers.[LNB]"Don't talk to me about these boots.[LNB]"You can't ban people if they prefer it, but I think they are absolutely stupid boots to wear at the level we're talking about.[LNB]"They give you no support at all, but that's football."[LNB]With Campbell ruled out, QPR striker Heidar Helguson got his first start of the season.[LNB]The 34-year-old did not disappoint at Loftus Road, giving the west Londoners a 16th-minute lead thanks to a deft cross-shot.[LNB]Christopher Samba equalised eight minutes later with a towering header after latching on to Jason Lowe's corner, meaning the sides left with a point apiece.[LNB]"I can't fault the lads," Warnock said. "I thought they tried hard today.[LNB]"Coming on from that [6-0] defeat [to Fulham] in the last game, it was good.[LNB]"The main thing I am so disappointed with was the goal that we conceded.[LNB]"You have to make teams earn the right to score a goal and if you can't mark a man at a corner for a free header then there is something wrong.[LNB]"I am really disappointed about that."[LNB]On Helguson's goal, Warnock added: "He meant to do it. He was unlucky with his header and how they got that header out I'll never know.[LNB]"I thought he played ever so well today and I would probably give him my man of the match if I had a choice."[LNB]While Helguson's starting role surprised many at Loftus Road, visitors of a QPR web forum were already aware of the news.[LNB]Campbell's injury and the squad changes were leaked by a forum member, who received the full force of Warnock's wrath in the post-match press conference.[LNB]"We have got a website where a QPR fan puts on [information] on the website yesterday after we'd had the accident," he said. "I can't believe it.[LNB]"[Name removed] puts on this website that Campbell has broken his foot, Helguson is playing and Mackie is making his debut, while Adel [Taarabt] is out.[LNB]"This is supposed to be a supporter. You don't want many supporters like that.[LNB]"What an advantage for the opposition. You don't gain anything from that. Obviously he has got a contact, hasn't he?[LNB]"But if he thinks he is helping me, if he is a QPR fan, it is exactly the opposite.[LNB]"I don't understand supporters like that unless it is to get a bit of kudos with his mates.[LNB]"It does my head in things like that."[LNB]Blackburn manager Steve Kean was obviously unaware of the leak as he admitted to deploying Jason Lowe in a defensive midfield role to mark talisman Taarabt.[LNB]The Rovers boss has come under increasing pressure recently and was frustrated not to leave Shepherd's Bush with three points.[LNB]"I suppose any point away from home is a good point," said Kean. "That said, we were slightly disappointed.[LNB]"We felt the first goal was against the run of play but fair play to QPR.[LNB]"They mixed up their set plays and we ended up changing our markers at the corner to our detriment because I know Helguson very well.[LNB]"He lost his marker at the first header and then fair play to him, it is a top finish.[LNB]"But we were slightly disappointed as we felt we were on top at that point.[LNB]"Having said that, we never felt sorry for ourselves.[LNB]"We grabbed the game by the scruff of the neck and showed a good reaction to going behind."

Source: Team_Talk