QPR manager Mark Warburton has voiced his concern after Lyndon Dykes played three times in six days for Scotland.
The striker has been inspiring for Steve Clarke’s side since making his navy blue debut last month. He’s scored twice with one assist in five matches, helping Scotland reach a Euro 2020 play-off final.
It has been a testing week for the QPR man in particular. Dykes’ game is based off hard work and plenty of running, inevitably tiredness creeping in during game three of the week against Czech Republic.
Whilst understanding of circumstances on the international scene, it’s a frustrating one for club managers like Warburton. His number nine now returns to QPR jaded ahead of the weekend’s match with Bournemouth.
Warburton admits it wasn’t easy to watch Dykes get pushed to the max with strikers like Oli McBurnie and Lawrence Shankland sitting behind him, saying football on the international scene is a two-way street.
“Three games in such a short period of time kills the clubs, said Warburton at his press conference. “It really does. Lyndon’s gone away and started three games in six days.
“It poses no end of problems. You get a player back on the Thursday morning after that kind of physical outlay and don’t get him back [training] until Friday morning when you play Bournemouth away on the Saturday.
“I’m saying this very respectfully but it’s a big adventure for him. He’s away to international football playing with very talented players and he’s took to it like a duck to water. What you’ve seen in the last few games is what we see here at QPR. He’s an enthusiastic, very talented boy with loads of development still in him.
“It will work both ways. I’ve got to be honest, to see one of our players go away and start every game when you’ve got the likes of Lawrence Shankland, Callum Paterson, Oli McBurnie and Oli Burke etc, it was difficult for us.
“I’m delighted for Lyndon and how well he’s doing, and for Steve Clarke and the team but we’ve got to be very careful. We’re getting back a player who has played all these minutes and we now go into seven games in 21 day then there’s another international break. Then we have nine games in 28 days.
“So it can work both ways. This time we are receiving back a highly fatigued player. If he plays every game in the next three weeks then where does that leave him for the next international games.”