The boss missed last weekend’s game against Bournemouth - he provided a team-talk via Zoom and was in contact with his staff during the match - and he will follow the QPR clash in similar fashion on Saturday. 

“We feels it’s an opportunity for him to rest up,” said trusted lieutenant Kevin Blackwell.

"We want him to come back fully charged and ready to go.

“Me and Ronnie Jepson have been doing the preparation and as a club we all feel it’s best for him to rest because there’s a long season ahead. 

“He is in good spirits and he’s back in today to speak to the players and take part in the team meeting.

“He’s quite happy with me and Ronnie, we’ve done it before, and this a further chance for him to rest and recuperate.”

Blackwell again emphasised how the club are following the strict guidelines laid down for sports clubs to follow and he added: “It’s a reminder to society that it’s vital everyone follows the protocols. Neil is an example it can be caught by anyone.”