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Northern Ireland ace Conor Washington soothes fears over his injury ahead of QPR match


By Steven Beacom

Northern Ireland star Conor Washington has eased fears about his back injury by insisting it is not a serious issue and that he aims to play for QPR tonight.

Washington's comments will be music to the ears of international manager Michael O'Neill, whose problems in attack are mounting ahead of next month's vital World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and the Czech Republic.

Already out of those games, which could see Northern Ireland move closer to clinching a play-off place, are Burton Albion's Liam Boyce and Nottingham Forest's Jamie Ward. Charlton's Josh Magennis is also on the sidelines at present though hopes to have returned to action for the Group C double-header.

Washington started the Championship season in superb form, netting twice in QPR's 2-0 home win over Reading on Saturday.

The 25-year-old was substituted in the second half with a back injury, but he hopes to feature at Loftus Road tonight against Northampton in the EFL Cup.

He said: "It is nothing serious. I was desperate to score a third goal so was hobbling around for 15 minutes. My back locked up and I couldn't really sprint and at 2-0 we needed someone on to share the workload. Hopefully everything will settle down and I'll go again on Tuesday."

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