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R's boss Mark Warburton watches over his side

FRIDAY night’s visit of Luton Town to W12 is the first of four home fixtures in six for the R’s – and boss Mark Warburton knows just what an important period it is as QPR look to firm up their credentials as promotion contenders.

Rangers return from the recent international break just inside the Sky Bet Championship play-off places, in sixth spot, following a fruitful week on the road against Cardiff City and Blackpool a fortnight ago.

Now, home comfort awaits the Super Hoops in the run-up to Christmas – and Warburton told us: “We’ve four games from six at home now – we know it’s a big period for us.

“It’s about consistency and we have to make sure we deliver good performances – starting on Friday night.

“I don’t think we’ve played with total fluency but are still in the top six. That’s a positive.

“We just have to continue to focus on ourselves and be ready for each game. This league is unique but hopefully, if we can reach the levels we know we’re capable of, we’ll be in a good place.”

Nathan Jones’ Luton travel to Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium looking to leapfrog the R’s in the table.

“They’re a very good team,” Warburton continued. “They’re a bit more direct than last year and have obvious physicality and running power.

“They are very well organised, well managed by Nathan and are a tough nut to crack.”

In terms of team news, Rangers head into the clash with question marks over a number of players - and Warburton says he is still yet to select his starting XI, with injuries and international commitments alike taking their toll.

Andre Gray (hamstring) will definitely miss the visit of his former employers, but Seny Dieng – who recently contracted Coronavirus – is available, as are recent long-term injury victims Lee Wallace and Sam Field.

The manager explained: “Some boys had a break, which was good, but others went away too and it’s about making sure they are okay.

“Some came back yesterday, others are reporting for the first time today.

“We’ve got to see who’s available and we’ll pick the team from there. Mo [Odubajo] came off at half-time at Blackpool, Andre Gray picked up a hamstring injury versus Cardiff and Lyndon [Dykes] got a whack against Forest. Andre won’t be available – it’s not a bad injury, but we’ve got to look after the boys.

“Seny’s isolation period is up and we’ll see how him, Lyndon, Mo and Jordy [de Wijs] are. Lee and Sam have been training all week and they’re available for selection.”

On the subject of Dieng’s recent isolation period, Warburton added: “Seny is a fit boy who has played a lot of football. This break has presented him with a chance to recharge and thankfully he was doubled-vaccinated, and his symptoms were very mild.

“But we’ve had to look after him and make sure others were looked after, too.”