Jackett won’t be sending QPR loanee David Wheeler back early

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Kenny Jackett is not looking at the possibility of ending David Wheeler's season-long loan stay at Pompey.

Instead, the Blues boss believes the QPR winger has plenty to contribute in the push for the League One title.

David Wheeler. Picture: Robin Jones

David Wheeler. Picture: Robin Jones

Wheeler is currently ruled out with a hamstring injury, although Jackett is hopeful of having him back available this side of Christmas.

The former Exeter City wide man has found himself on the periphery of the first team since arriving from Loftus Road in the summer.

He’s been restricted to 12 Pompey appearances, with nine of those arriving as a substitute.

Meanwhile, Wheeler has not featured from the start in any of the Blues' 19 league matches.

However, Jackett insisted Wheeler will remain at Fratton Park for the rest of the season.

The Blues manager said: ‘It’s not something we’ve looked at (Wheeler returning to QPR).

‘I think David is here for the season, really, and I do like him.

‘He’s fitted in well and I think he can contribute, I really do.

‘I’m looking forward to having him back.

‘My mind is not on would he be going back.

‘But, similarly, he’s a QPR player.

‘Anything will very much depend on them as they’re the parent club.’

Wheeler sustained his hamstring injury after coming on as a substitute in the Blues’ League One win over Walsall at Fratton Park last month.

But the hope is the QPR loanee's spell on the sidelines would not be more than four weeks.

That means the wideman should be back fighting for a place in Jackett's squad ahead of a busy festive period.

'It is a setback for David,' added Jackett.

‘He’s been out for just over a week and the estimation is two weeks to a month.

‘It’s not necessarily a long time for a hamstring, so hopefully he’s back this side of Christmas.

‘The injury is not too bad and not necessarily a long one.

‘We’ve also got our other three wingers fit and there aren’t too many injuries at the moment.

‘So he doesn’t feel too bad.'