QPR have problems in defence ahead of the home game against Cardiff after Damion Stewart was ruled out for the rest of the season.

The giant Jamaican defender suffered a fractured skull following a horrific clash of heads with Crystal Palace striker Calvin Andrew last weekend.

Fellow centre-back Matt Connolly will also struggle to play again this term due to an ankle injury.

That means Peter Ramage, who is usually a right-back, will move across into the centre to partner Kaspars Gorkss while skipper Mikele Leigertwood drops back from midfield into the defence.

Top scorer Jay Simpson started on the bench at Selhurst and is pushing to reclaim his place.

Midfielders Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands remain on the sidelines with long-term knee injuries.

Boss Dave Jones will have an almost fully-fit squad available for the trip.

Jones has had to contend with a bulging treatment room of late but has welcomed back the majority of his players just as the season gets down to business.

Club captain Mark Hudson (ankle) is now back in full training and available for the trip to Loftus Road, while Michael Chopra (neck), Joe Ledley (hamstrings) and Kelvin Etuhu (calves) have recovered from minor complaints that saw them replaced in last weekend`s goalless draw against Reading.

Midfielder Gavin Rae (ankle and knee) and defender Miguel Comminges (knee) are the only players on the sidelines and will remain there for the remainder of the season.

Victory for Cardiff would assure them of a place in the play-offs while results elsewhere involving Blackpool and Middlesbrough could also do the job should they not pick up all three points.

Yet the Bluebirds will be coming up against a QPR side just as desperate for victory for very different reasons as they are not yet assured of safety.

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