QPR manager Ian Holloway faces a selection headache after confirming that captain Nedum Onuoha will miss the game with Middlesbrough due to a hamstring injury.

The skipper joins an ever-extending list of injured defenders at the club which includes the likes of Grant Hall, Joel Lynch and James Perch, and Holloway says it will give other players a chance to stake their claim for a starting spot.

Speaking to the club's website, he said: "Nedum is injured and that's a blow for us.

"He's our captain, but he's more than that. He's been absolutely immense for us this season and is a big loss.”

"Perch is out long-term as we all know and we've got other injuries in that department too.

"We've got Darnell Furlong, Jack Robinson and Alex Baptiste available - that's what we've got.

"There isn't any other cover for us defensively, in terms of players with first team experience, so it will give other people a chance.”

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Despite the injury problems in his squad, Ollie is remaining upbeat about his options as he praises the character of those in his squad.

He said: "These players care about this football club. Whether they're starting or coming on, they're showing their pride in wearing the shirt.

"It's about getting players in that care and we've done that. I love this football club and it's very exciting for me to be working with the group of players we have here.”