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Warnock bemoans football boot innovations, internet forums

The QPR boss has lashed out at ‘slipper’-like football boots and interest forums after falling foul of technology twice over the last few days.

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QPR BOSS NEIL Warnock has hit out at football boot makers, insisting that their latest technological advances are behind a fresh injury blow within his squad.

Striker DJ Campbell broke a metatarsal bone while training – the injury made famous by Wayne Rooney – and will be ruled out for at least eight weeks after wearing what Warnock has described as “carpet slippers”.

“It looks (DJ) has got a metatarsal problem so he could be out for a few weeks. He might have to have an operation. We’ll know Monday,” he told reporters.

Asked the cause of the injury, he explained: “I think it is these stupid boots, they’re like carpet slippers. Don’t talk to me about them.

“You can’t ban people if they prefer it, but I think they are absolutely stupid boots to wear at the level we’re talking about. They give you no support at all, but that’s football.”

The fiery Sheffield native also revealed his annoyance over the fact that Campbell’s injury, as well as other team news, was leaked on a website before Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Blackburn.

Warnock said: “[Name removed] puts on this website that Campbell has broken his foot, Heidar Helguson is playing and Mackie is making his debut, while Adel Taarabt is out.

“This is supposed to be a supporter and you don’t want many supporters like that. What an advantage for the opposition. Obviously he has got a contact, hasn’t he? But if he thinks he is helping me, if he is a QPR fan, it is exactly the opposite.”

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