Long to play through pain
Irish hitman will have injection ahead of Loftus Road trip
Last Updated: December 2, 2011 3:39pm
Shane Long: Will have injection for his injured groin before QPR game
West Brom striker Shane Long plans to play through the pain barrier by having an injection for his injured groin ahead of Saturday's trip to QPR.
The Republic of Ireland international was given the injection last weekend and made it through 72 minutes of the Baggies' 3-1 defeat at home to Tottenham.
The same measure will be taken at Loftus Road after Long trained for the first time this week on Thursday.
"In pushing myself to come back from the knee injury I just tweaked my groin a little bit," Long told Albion's official website. "It's not too bad.
"I'll get an injection before and get through the game again and hopefully come out on the other side without damaging it again.
"It's only a small niggle and it just needs time to heal. It's something I can play through.
"It just needs rest and I hadn't really trained this week until yesterday.
"The physios here know what they're doing and they don't want to make it a chronic injury.
"They're quite happy for me to play on Saturday - and I trust in them."
Long is hoping to secure his first ever win on QPR soil having failed in three attempts with former club Reading.
"They're one of my bogey sides," he added. "But this team I'm in now is in good form, even though we lost to Tottenham.
"We're playing good football and I think we can hurt QPR."