QPR will be without Steven Reid for the home game against Middlesbrough.

The on-loan Blackburn midfielder will miss the visit of Boro and Monday's trip to Watford after suffering a hamstring injury.

Reid's absence leaves boss Jim Magilton short in midfield with Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon long-term absentees with knee problems.

But Rowan Vine could be on the bench after recovering from a recent hernia operation and fellow striker Angelo Balanta is close to returning from a groin injury.

Winger Lee Cook has stepped up his training following knee surgery and hopes to be challenging for a first-team spot before Christmas.

Magilton was critical of his defence after last weekend's 2-2 home draw with Coventry so Kaspars Gorkss and Peter Ramage could be in line for recalls.

Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan is boosted by the return of skipper Gary O'Neil for the tough trip.

The midfielder missed the 2-2 draw at Peterborough with a groin injury, but has shaken off the problem and could resume at Loftus Road.

Defender Rhys Williams was also missing at London Road through suspension, but is available again as Boro attempt to secure a first win for their new manager at the fifth attempt.

Defender Chris Riggott, an unused substitute at Peterborough, will hope for his first senior action since February after recovering from a second ankle operation.

However, Jeremie Aliadiere is still out as he continues his own comeback from ankle surgery, while Seb Hines (knee), Caleb Folan (hamstring) and Matthew Bates (cruciate ligament) remain on the sidelines.

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