QPR defender Dickie out with ankle injury

QPR defender Rob Dickie will miss Saturday’s match against Stoke City after suffering an ankle injury in training.

Dickie was forced to miss Wednesday’s 2-0 win at Millwall.

On a brighter note for Rangers, Jake Clarke-Salter is due to return to training on Friday after a hamstring injury and might even be on the bench for the Stoke game.

“Rob turned his ankle in training on Friday, so unfortunately we won’t see him until after the international break,” head coach Mick Beale said.

“Jake Clarke-Salter comes back to training on Friday and I will make a decision on whether or not Saturday comes too soon for him.

“It just seems we can’t keep three centre-halves fit.

“We have four very good senior ones and at some stage I would like to use that system with three out of the four together.”

The injury to Dickie saw recent signing Leon Balogun make his full debut at The Den, with the 34-year-old former Brighton and Glasgow Rangers man producing an impressive performance alongside Jimmy Dunne.

“It was disappointing for Rob, but this is what happens, the opportunity comes for someone else and it was the right decision to bring Leon in and I am delighted for him,” Beale said.

“That was his first (starting) appearance since the Scottish Cup final in May, so well done to him.”