QPR concern over injured Austin and Dunne

Queens Park Rangers will wait until Monday to learn the extent of injuries sustained by top scorer Charlie Austin and defender Richard Dunne during Saturday’s loss to Southampton, Sky Sports has reported.

Austin played the full 90 minutes of the game, which ended in a 1-0 defeat thanks to Sadio Mane’s dramatic stoppage time strike, but it later emerged that he had suffered a foot injury which forced him to leave Loftus Road on crutches.

The West London side face an anxious wait to discover the prognosis as Austin prepares to undergo a scan, but should they lose the striker it could prove a significant blow to their hopes of staying in the Premier League. With 13 goals in 23 appearances this season in all competitions, he is well clear in the club’s scoring charts.

Meanwhile, experienced centre-back Dunne was forced off with seven minutes left to play due to a knee injury and replaced by forward Eduardo Vargas. QPR have enough cover in defensive areas, but they are fearful that the duo could be out for some time, and with just 14 games left, they are desperately in need of points as they occupy a place in the bottom three.

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