R'S MIDFIELDER Samba Diakite will miss Saturday's trip to the Etihad Stadium.
The 23 year-old Malian international has returned to France owing to personal reasons and won't feature against the champions.
Rangers boss Mark Hughes told www.qpr.co.uk: "Samba is unfortunately having difficulties with some personal issues at the moment and we are supporting him in every way we can.
"We hope he can overcome this very quickly and get back to being the outstanding player that he undoubtedly is. In the meantime, we are giving him the time and help that he needs."
The club will be making no further comment, as we respect the player's privacy at this time.