Armand Traore has been urged to make the most of the chance handed to him by the injury to QPR left-back Yun Suk-Young.
Traore is in line for a recall following news that Yun faces up to six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle problem.
And manager Harry Redknapp is ready to bring in another left-back unless Traore – a player he wanted to sell to Crystal Palace in the summer – impresses in the coming weeks.
“Possibly it’s an area we’ve got to look at,” said Redknapp.
“It’s up to Armand Traore to step up to the plate. He’s got to push himself and start performing.
“If he does that then he’s got an opportunity if he wants to take it.”
Traore, 25, has struggled to establish himself as a first-team regular at Loftus Road, making 60 league starts since being signed from Arsenal for £2m in August 2011.
He was given a run in the side by Redknapp earlier in the season but Yun was restored when the South Korean recovered from an injury.
Rangers face Arsenal later today at the Emirates Stadium, with skipper Clint Hill also in contention to fill in at left-back.