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The gaffer watches over his side

QPR boss Mark Warburton says he’ll make a number of late checks on his players as they prepare to face Cardiff City in the Sky Bet Championship on Wednesday night.

Injuries sustained by Sam McCallum and Jordy de Wijs in Friday’s W12 draw with Nottingham Forest look set to rule the duo out until after the upcoming international break – while Lyndon Dykes is rated as 50-50 to face the Bluebirds at the Cardiff City Stadium tomorrow evening.

“We’re okay,” Warburton told www.qpr.co.uk. “There’ll be a few close calls, but fingers crossed.

“Lyndon is touch-and-go. He was with the medical team yesterday. It’ll probably come down to tomorrow, but we won’t risk him. Let’s see how he goes.

“Sam and Jordy definitely won’t be fit – Sam could be out for a good few weeks. Jordy probably won’t be out for quite as long, but he won’t be involved in any games this side of the international break.”

In better news – especially given McCallum’s expected absence – Lee Wallace continues to near a long-awaited return to first-team action, as does midfield man Sam Field.

“Sam will get more pitch time with the B Team tomorrow,” Warburton explained. “Lee Wallace is three or four days behind Sam – it’ll be nice to welcome them back.

“We’ve missed them. In Lee’s case, there is no doubt that he helps the likes of Chris Willock and Ilias Chair down that left-hand side.

“Hopefully another good week of training will do him good. Blackpool on Saturday might be too early for him, but hopefully he’ll be ready by the Luton game.”

Rangers go into the Cardiff clash looking to return to both winning ways and the Championship’s top six after a disappointing seven days in terms of results last week.

After losing at Peterborough and also in controversial circumstances to Sunderland in the Carabao Cup, the R’s looked to be heading to a 1-0 win over Nottingham Forest on Friday before a late, late Jack Colback strike.

Warburton – who’ll face interim Bluebirds boss Steve Morison in the dugout tomorrow, following the dismissal of Mick McCarthy – said: “Of course you want to win games, but the reaction against Forest was very good.

“We’ve shown our quality – now we have to do our jobs again.

“Cardiff picked up a big result at Stoke on Saturday. They were three goals down and could have even won the game in the end.

“They have good pace and physicality. They’ve had a tough run of games and that’s cost Mick his job.

“But there is no doubt about the threat they pose. We have to recognise that.

“We have to stand up, impose ourselves and also play football. That’s important.”