QPR to check on Alex Baptiste ahead of visit of Middlesbrough



Posted Friday, January 19, 2018 by PA

QPR to check on Alex Baptiste ahead of visit of Middlesbrough

QPR will check on Alex Baptiste ahead of the visit of Middlesbrough.

The defender missed last weekend’s 3-1 win at Burton due to a back injury.

Midfielder Jordan Cousins (hamstring) and striker Paul Smyth (thigh) could miss out again.

But defender James Perch is fit after almost five months out with a knee injury.

Boro boss Tony Pulis will be looking for a sharper cutting edge after seeing his side squander a series of chances against Fulham last weekend before succumbing to a stoppage-time penalty.

Pulis opted to use 12-goal striker Britt Assombalonga only as a substitute, the first time the £15million man had not started a league game since his summer switch from Nottingham Forest.

The former Stoke and West Brom manager named the same XI which had beaten Sunderland 2-0 in the FA Cup a week earlier, and while he was happy with much of what he saw against Fulham, Assombalonga will be pushing for a return.

Pulis has no fresh injury concerns, although midfielder Adam Forshaw is close to sealing a permanent move to Leeds, while youngster Marcus Tavernier has been sent out on loan to MK Dons.

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