Steve McClaren has confirmed that QPR defender Grant Hall is being lined up for a return to action this week.
Hall, who missed most of last season because of a knee problem and had surgery in February, has been able to train with the rest of the Rangers squad since they returned for pre-season but has not been involved in any friendlies.
However, a specialist has given him the green light to play and Hall is due to play 45 minutes of a behind-closed-doors game against Swindon Town on Tuesday.
“Grant has trained very well and got the all-clear from the specialist,” said Rangers manager McClaren.
“He’ll train today and then we’ve got a game behind closed doors against Swindon on Tuesday and he’ll play 45 in that.
“That’s going to be a real big bonus because he’s looked good in training and we need leaders.
“We need more players who are vocal and what Hally really gives is that. We’ve seen that in training. We want Grant on that pitch and playing.”
David Wheeler, who is being eased into action after missing the second half of last season with a back injury, could also play in Tuesday’s game.
But Sean Goss is still struggling with a back problem and has not been able to train.