James Perch looks set to miss QPR games against Cardiff, Brighton and Reading - the next three out of the last five.

The Rs full-back damaged his right thigh in the 2-1 win over Charlton on Saturday (see video), but carried on with strapping before finally giving in to the injury that made way for Cole Kpekawa.

It gave the Rs youngster a second Championship appearance off the bench, but the silver lining behind Perch's problem is Clint Hill is due back in training this week.

It hints at a back-four reshuffle that sees veteran Hill partnering Grant Hall in the centre to face the Bluebirds on Saturday, with Nedum Onuoha moving to right-back and Saturday's debutant Jack Robinson staying put on the other side of defence.

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Boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admitted it was looking bleak for midfielder Jamie Mackie, however.

“I think it is likely it is the end of Jamie’s season and we won’t have the choice to play him again or not," he said.

“It is not as serious as the previous hamstring injury, but it's the same leg.

“We have to wait because he still has a lot of swelling in the hamstring, so we could not send him to the hospital and get some x-rays, so we are waiting, but we think it is a bad one.”

“I’m not a specialist; I’m just speculating, but if there is that much fluid at this moment then we are fearing the worst that it will be a grade two.”

QPR latest on stricken Jamie Mackie - and it's not good - with updates on James Perch and Clint Hill

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