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Queens Park Rangers: Ian Holloway admits illness forced defender Joel Lynch off at half-time against Bournemouth

PUBLISHED: 11:30 01 August 2017

Queens Park Rangers defender Joel Lynch went off at half-time against Bournemouth having been suffering with illness (pic: Richard Sellers/PA)

Queens Park Rangers defender Joel Lynch went off at half-time against Bournemouth having been suffering with illness (pic: Richard Sellers/PA)

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QPR boss says there is no call for alarm with defender fit to start opening game of the Championship season on Saturday

Ian Holloway says Queens Park Rangers defender Joel Lynch was only replaced at half-time during Saturday’s 1-0 friendly defeat at home to Premier League side Bournemouth because he was unwell.

After lasting the first half, Lynch was replaced at the break by Darnell Furlong during the Stan Bowles Benefit Match.

With the start of the new Championship season at home to Reading less than a week away, there may have been a few concerned glances among the QPR faithful at Loftus Road.

But Holloway was swift to allay those fears, noting Lynch had been under the weather and that sickness had also kept left-back Jake Bidwell out of the game with the Cherries.

“’Lynchy’ did well to play, he’s been very ill and Bidwell had that on the morning of the game.

“Jake’s been fantastic in training, but got ill overnight and was sick three or four times.

“Unfortunately, these things happen. It is going to cause you a problem if all the work we did was with him playing, so it does rock you a bit.”

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