Johansen could return for QPR at Reading

QPR could welcome back skipper Stefan Johansen for Saturday’s trip to Reading.

Johansen has not played since coming off with an ankle injury in the 2-0 defeat at Birmingham in October and his absence has coincided with a huge dip in form by Rangers, who have won just once in the 10 games he has missed.

Boss Neil Critchley said he will have a decision to make about whether the Norwegian midfielder is fit enough to start against the Royals after he returned to full training this week, but admitted he will be relieved to have him back in his squad.

“Stefan has joined in this week in team training, which is a real bonus. It’s good to have him back in because he does provide leadership and experience,” Critchley said.

“We just have to decide where he is physically – how he is feeling.

“He’s at a stage of his career where he knows his body better than anyone and there has been good communication between myself, him, the physios and the sports-science teams.

“We just have to decide when he is at a stage where he can be included.”

Luke Amos will miss the game after sustaining another injury.

“Amos is out and he’ll be another week to 10 days,” Critchley said.

“With Luke it was after the Sheffield United game in training and it was a small muscle injury, so it’s not long.

“It is really frustrating for him. I’ve been really impressed with Luke in my few weeks here; his approach to training, his concentration, his ability on the ball.

“He came on against Sheffield United and contributed. I am sure he would have been looking at the Fleetwood game himself thinking it would have been an opportunity to play, but that was unfortunately taken out of his hands.

“Injuries are part of football and we have to deal with it. He is out on the grass running and we don’t expect it to be longer than seven to 10 days.”

Jake Clarke-Salter is back in training, having not played since the win at Preston last month, but Leon Balogun remains sidelined .