Preston midfielder Paul Coutts is set to be passed fit for for the home clash with QPR.

The former Peterborough man had been in fine form for North End until a hamstring injury ruled him out of the last two matches.

Yet Lilywhites boss Darren Ferguson is confident the Scot will be available to face Rangers.

However, Coutts may be forced to settle for a place on the bench after a fine return to the starting line-up by Darren Carter in Tuesday's match at Middlesbrough.

Preston lost 2-0 but dominated the match for long periods as Carter, Matt James and Richard Chaplow all impressed in midfield.

Ferguson could again be without defender Youl Mawene (groin) and rookie midfielder Danny Mayor (hamstring).

Neil Warnock could hand Dusko Tosic his debut at Deepdale.

Tosic has signed on loan from Premier League crisis club Portsmouth until the end of the season and will be added to the squad once the Football League have cleared the move.

The Serbian defender is likely to start at left-back after Matt Connolly suffered a recurrence of his ankle injury during Tuesday night's 1-1 draw against Derby.

Warnock will check on Lee Cook, who scored his first goal since Boxing Day 2008 against the Rams.

The winger lasted an hour as he continues to build up his fitness following another knee operation last summer.

Midfield duo Martin Rowlands and Gavin Mahon remain long-term absentees with knee injuries.

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