IAN Holloway has a number of injury problems to contend with ahead of this weekend’s trip to Rotherham United.
Jack Robinson misses out owing to a hamstring injury sustained in the latter stages against Wolves eight days’ ago while Seb Polter (quad), Pawel Wszolek (knee) and Ariel Borysiuk (hamstring) are major doubts to face the Millers.
Steven Caulker remains sidelined with a hip injury while Saturday’s game has come too soon for Jamie Mackie, who is working his way back from an ankle injury which has kept him out all season.
Robinson only returned to action against Wolves after limping out of our fixture against Norwich 12 days’ earlier, and Holloway told www.qpr.co.uk: “In the last five minutes of the Wolves game Jack was carrying his hamstring injury.
“He’s a Liverpudlian lad and my experience of them is that they are canny and wacky, and they will give you everything they’ve got. Even if they haven’t got it, they will try to give it for you.
“The fact is, I was trying to protect Jake Bidwell, who has been out for a while as well. It’s not an ideal situation but I am annoyed with myself for not trusting my gut instinct. Had I not played Jack, he would be fit for this weekend.”
Meanwhile, Mackie will need to show Holloway that he is ready for a return to the first-team by getting some minutes under his belt.
The forward has been pencilled in for Monday afternoon’s Under-23 fixture against Watford.
“Typical Jamie Mackie, he has come in like a breath of fresh air – and a whirlwind!” Holloway said.
“I have told him that people that are out that long normally need to play parts of three games to get considered for the first team. We’ll see how he does.
“When you have been out for that period of time, we need to know, and the player needs to know himself, that he is fit and ready.”
Finally, defender James Perch misses out as he serves a one match suspension following his red card against Wolves.