QPR team news: key defender ruled out, fitness tests for midfielders

Harry Redknapp's side are plagued with injury problems ahead of Charlton Athletic clash.

Championship challengers QPR will be without Nedum Onuoha for two weeks after the centre-back suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

Onuoha will miss Rangers’ home clash with Charlton Athletic on Saturday afternoon, having only returned from a similar injury in the 1-1 draw with Reading two weeks ago.

New signing Oguchi Onyewu could feature, having not yet made an appearance for QPR. Harry Redknapp is also sweating on the fitness of winger Junior Hoilett and midfielder Jermaine Jenas, who are both suffering from minor hamstring problems and face late fitness tests.

Redknapp told QPR’s official website: “Nedum is out for a few weeks. He injured his hamstring in the second half against Reading.

“It’s a shame for him because he’d only just returned for us, but Richard (Dunne) is fit and we’ve got Oguchi (Onyewu) as well.”

On Hoilett and Jenas, Redknapp said: “We’ll see how they are today. It’s been a bit of a disjointed week owing to the internationals, but the break probably came at the right time for us with the injuries we’ve had.”

Redknapp also confirmed that Spurs loanee Tom Carroll, who had been forced to return to his parent club after suffering an ankle injury, could be in line to make his comeback for next week’s clash with Doncaster Rovers.

After an impressive start to the season, third-placed QPR face their London rivals having picked up only five points from their last five matches.

But they should enjoy a comfortable afternoon against the Addicks, who have managed only two wins since the end of August.

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