Mark Warburton is hopeful that recent signing Jordy de Wijs will soon be able to play for QPR.
The Dutch defender, who has been nursing a calf problem, is yet to feature since joining Rangers from Hull City and will again be unavailable for this weekend’s game against Blackburn.
But he is scheduled to train with the squad on Friday and manager Warburton believes De Wijs is close to returning to action.
“I hope so. It’s close,” said Warburton, who is expected to include new signing Sam Field in the squad.
De Wijs has not played a league match since the end of October.
His only outing since then came in Hull’s FA Cup game against Stevenage on 29 November.
Warburton said: “The type of injury he’s got is a niggling one. It’s frustrating.
“But I think he’s out on the grass with us tomorrow and hopefully he’s very, very close now.”