QPR striker Idrissa Sylla is being lined up for a return to action next week.
Sylla, who recently resumed training, has been struggling with a calf problem and has not played for almost two months.
He is due to train with the first-team squad on Thursday and has been pencilled in for an appearance in an Under-23 match against Millwall on Monday.
Ian Holloway has challenged the likes of Paul Smyth and Ebere Eze to make their mark and therefore keep Sylla out of the team.
But the Rangers manager also believes Sylla’s presence up front has been missed.
“He’ll be with us on Thursday, but he’s been out so long we’ve got to make sure he plays a game next week,” Holloway said.
“I keep saying to my young ones: ‘Stay in my group and keep him out. That’s what you’ve got to do’.
“But, as a coach, it’s only Matt Smith and I haven’t got anyone (apart from Sylla) who can win a header. We need that up front.”