RANGERS may be without Fabio da Silva (hamstring) for Sunday’s visit of Everton but boss Mark Hughes says that his team are ‘in better shape’ ahead of the weekend.
Andy Johnson (knee) will be QPR’s only other definite absentee, with the west Londoners boosted by the recent returns to fitness of a number of regular first-team players.
Hughes also confirmed that he will make a late call on Armand Traore, while Samba Diakite is back in contention after a one-game suspension.
“We’re in better shape than we have been of late, apart from long-term injuries with the likes of AJ and Fabio,” Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk.
“Fabio’s having a scan in a couple of weeks to see if he is continuing to heal.
“After the two weeks, hopefully we’ll get the go-ahead to step up his rehab and get him back training.
“We’re being guided by the people that are looking after him medically and are hoping that, once he gets re-scanned in a couple of weeks, he’ll be available.
“We’re trying to gear Armand Traore into getting more game-time. He just has a little bit of a problem later on in training sessions and games that we’re mindful of but managing.
“Apart from him – I think everybody else is fit.”