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Charlie Austin January sale in doubt as injury strikes again

PUBLISHED: 08:52 26 December 2015 | UPDATED: 10:44 29 December 2015

Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates scoring his side's equaliser in Tuesday night's thrilling draw with Brighton

Charlie Austin (centre) celebrates scoring his side's equaliser in Tuesday night's thrilling draw with Brighton

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QPR striker Charlie Austin will not be fit to return from his hamstring injury over the festive period.

Reports had raised hope that Austin could be included in the matchday squad to face Ipswich on Boxing Day.

But manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink told the club’s website on Thursday: “Charlie is going to be a little bit longer, a few weeks, but hopefully we can speed that up.”

Austin has scored 10 goals for Rangers this season despite sitting out nearly half of their games with injuries.

West Ham, Spurs, Southampton and Newcastle are all reportedly keen on Austin, with Crystal Palace seen as favourites.

The England international is out of contract in the summer and could be available at a cut price in January, however passing a medical will now be a push.

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