New QPR boss Paul Hart will hand a number of players late fitness checks ahead of his first game in charge against Sheffield United.

Full-back Gary Borrowdale should return after missing Monday's draw at West Brom with an abdominal strain, and midfielder Steven Reid is also close after two weeks out with a hamstring injury.

Defender Matt Connolly has stepped up his training from a pelvic injury and a late decision will also be made on his fitness.

Goalkeeper Radek Cerny will be available despite jarring his ankle attempting a goal-kick against Albion but midfielder Akos Buzsaky is expected to miss out again with a knee problem.

Midfielders Gavin Mahon, Lee Cook and Martin Rowlands (all knee) are long-term absentees but striker Angelo Balanta is fit after a groin injury.

Caretaker bosses Steve Gallen and Marc Bircham were thought to be considering handing rookie forward Raheem Sterling a place in the squad for the first time but Hart is unlikely to blood the 15-year-old just yet.

Sheffield United still cannot break free of their injury curse with an unnamed player ruled out of this clash with gastroenteritis.

Blades manager Kevin Blackwell refused to identify which player will miss the clash at Loftus Road, but confirmed midfielder Nick Montgomery will return to contention following a one-game suspension.

Striker Darius Henderson missed last week's win over Crystal Palace due to a hip problem and has now missed the last three matches.

On-loan pair Keith Treacy, from Blackburn, and Stoke`s Andrew Davies have both returned to their parent clubs, but Blackwell has no new injury or suspension problems.

The Blades, unbeaten in their last six league games, could climb into the top six with victory if other results go their way.

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