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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Republic of Ireland hope Reece Grego-Cox near to QPR debut ahead of Cats tie

Reece Grego-Cox, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring for the Republic of Ireland U-19s
Reece Grego-Cox, Republic of Ireland, celebrates after scoring for the Republic of Ireland U-19s

IRELAND youth cap Reece Grego-Cox is a step closer to his Premier Leaguer debut after he was promoted to the QPR first team squad for tonight's meeting with Sunderland.

Striker Grego-Cox, who has been by Ireland capped at U19 level and made his most recent appearance against Switzerland in Waterford last November, has yet to play for QPR's first team but caretaker boss Chris Ramsey has drafted in Grego-Cox and Michael Doughty for tonight's trip to Sunderland.

"At the moment the squad is light as we have picked up a few injuries, but this gives me a great opportunity to bring in some of the talent that has been waiting to have a go," says Ramsey, who will be without Richard Dunne for the rest of the season due to a knee injury.

"I am sure that if Michael and Reece get the chance, they will grab it with both hands. They are both very dedicated young men who work hard at their game. I am sure they will fit in well if they get the opportunity."

QPR will be without leading scorer Charlie Austin (foot injury) for their trip to Sunderland.

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