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QPR forward Jordan Hugill says he has been struggling with his mental health during the coronavirus lockdown.

All football has been suspended since early March with the UK on lockdown since March 23.

Jordan Hugill is on loan at QPR from West Ham

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Jordan Hugill is on loan at QPR from West Ham

Players have been training from home to keep in shape for when the season does eventually restart.

Hugill, who is on loan from West Ham, admitted that he struggled on some days and had been taking inspiration from Tyson Fury.

When asked if he had been struggling with his mental health, he told talkSPORT: “Yeah. I’ve had days where I’ve woken up and had a coffee and sat with my head in my hands and thought ‘oh god’. I just felt down and there’s no other way to explain it.

Jordan Hugill has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season

Jordan Hugill has scored 12 goals in all competitions this season

“For me personally, I’ve read Tyson Fury’s book, the audiobook, he said the biggest thing for him is making sure he’s reliable to get to the gym every morning and that sets him on the right path.

“For me, getting up and those days when I’m feeling down I drag myself into the gym, do some work, and I come out feeling a bit better.

“For the mental health side of it, having been able to do stuff in my own gym is brilliant because it just raises that personal morale a bit more.”

Teams are not able to train together while the coronavirus lockdown is in place and Hugill said it was something he definitely missed.

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He said: “I have been unlucky enough to have a serious injury so I know what it’s like to not kick a ball for a long time, to be away from stuff on your own. So I’m quite familiar with that.

“It’s one of them where, to be honest, you miss going into the training ground every day. You miss seeing the lads, having the banter. That’s one of the main things, the team morale.

“I’ve had days while I’ve been in lockdown where I’ve walked up and gone ‘I just can’t be bothered today, I feel down’ then again you have days where you go ‘come on get in the gym and do some work, let’s get on with it’.

“It’s one of them where it’s tough to manage because it’s down to you. You’ve got no one else to push you. It’s a lot of individualised stuff but you have to be motivated enough to do it.”


QPR were 13th in the table when the coronavirus pandemic stopped the season and Hugill said it came at the wrong time for the club as they had just started to find some form.

He added: “It kind of came at a bad time for us. We had won four on the spin. We had gone away to Preston and won and had kind of been preparing ourselves for a big game against Barnsley at our place.

“It got cut short and I think it was the right decision to do that but as a footballer you just want to play football. It’s tough.






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