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Ollie has Freeman replacement in mind

QPR boss Ian Holloway knows who he will be replacing Luke Freeman with at Preston North End on Saturday.

Freeman is suspended for the trip to Deepdale this weekend after picking up his fifth caution of the season against Brentford on Monday night.

The R’s talisman will be a big loss to Holloway’s side, as they go in search of their first away win of the season.

The QPR chief admitted it’s a big blow to lose Freeman, but hinted he has a replacement in mind for him.

“Everyone is loving how he (Freeman) is playing,” Ollie told “He’s looking a brilliant player, which he is.

“But him being out gives somebody else a chance to come in and do well.

“To be honest it will probably be a very exciting young one who has done well for us before.”

After failing to pick up a win in November, Holloway is keen to kick-off a busy December on a positive note.

Rangers are yet to win on their travels this season, a run that extends back to February this year, and it’s an issue Holloway is acutely aware needs to improve.

“It’s about our away form,” he said. “We need to get that right, there’s not been a lot wrong with our home form.

“In this division it’s aways going to be tight, you have to learn how to adapt to get yourselves back into matches or stop the opposition.

“Preston are a high energy team, they move the ball really quickly. I know a few of their players, I had Tom Barkhuizen at Blackpool and he would rival anyone on my runs here. I know that they will counter attack, try to break and keep the ball.

“I’m really looking forward to it though and if we can get three points out of this one then we can start this month in a positive way.

“We’ve gone from not getting beat in October to not getting what we deserved in November, so we want a good December. We’ve some tough games though starting with Preston.”

Along with Freeman, QPR will travel without Darnell Furlong (knee), Joel Lynch (ankle), Nedum Onuoha (hamstring), James Perch (knee) and Grant Hall (knee) this weekend.

Preston are a high energy team, they move the ball really quickly.

Ian Holloway
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