Ian Holloway has described QPR’s defensive injury crisis as “absolutely critical” after Joel Lynch rejoined the casualty list.
Lynch was substituted at half-time during Tuesday’s 2-0 defeat at Derby, apparently after suffering a foot injury.
With Darnell Furlong struggling with a knee problem and Nedum Onuoha, Grant Hall, James Perch and Steven Caulker all currently unavailable, Rangers have major problems ahead of Monday’s derby against Brentford.
It leaves manager Holloway facing the prospect of having to call upon younger players.
“To be honest it’s absolutely critical. We’ve hardly got a defender left,” he said.
“When Lynchy has to come off it makes it very difficult. He’s got a pot on his foot.
“I’m actually down to scraping around for other defenders. It will give one or two of the younger lads a chance if they’re fit and if they’re ready, but it’s a big ask.
“But we’ll dust ourselves down, look at who’s fit, and if I’ve got to go to some of the younger ones – as I already have in that squad – I’ll have a good think about it.”
Rangers’ injury problems are not confined to their defence, but they hope to have Massimo Luongo and Jordan Cousins back for the Brentford game.
Both midfielders missed the defeat at derby – QPR’s third loss in a row.