Queens Park Rangers manager Neil Critchley has explained why Manchester United loanee Ethan Laird was brought off against Swansea City.

The talented right-back was playing against the side whom he spent the first half of last season on loan with.

Laird was up against Swans boss Russell Martin who he also played under at MK Dons which was his first loan spell away from the Red Devils.

But Laird only lasted 37 minutes of Saturday’s Championship clash at Loftus Road before having to be replaced due to picking up an injury.

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QPR manager explains why Ethan Laird came off against Swansea City

The Hoops’ boss Critchley confirmed after the game that the 21-year-old picked up a hamstring injury against the Welsh outfit.

Critchley told West London Sport: “Ethan went off with a hamstring injury, which was obviously serious enough for him to have to go off, and we really missed him as well because he was really good for us.”

Ethan Laird has made 23 appearances for QPR this season and he’s scored one goal and laid on two assists.

Critchley will be waiting to hear the extent of Laird’s hamstring injury and the timeframe on how long the attack-minded full-back will be unavailable for.

After winning his first game in charge of QPR, following Michael Beale’s departure to take over the reins at Rangers, Critchley hasn’t won any of his last six games.

QPRs loss of form has seen them drop down to 13th in the Championship table and four points off the play-off places.

Laird will no doubt be targeting a place in Manchester United’s first team next season having spent consecutive seasons on loan in the Championship and forming part of United’s first pre-season tour under Erik ten Hag.

But with Aaron Wan-Bissaka enjoying a renaissance while Diogo Dalot has had a spell on the sidelines, Laird’s chances of getting minutes under Ten Hag is far from guaranteed.

And with the former Ajax manager potentially targeting signing another right-back in the summer, Laird’s options and future will no doubt be assessed when he returns to Carrington for pre-season next summer.

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