Match Preview: Stoke City vs QPR

Influential Spanish playmaker Bojan was ruled out for the rest of the season on Tuesday following an innocuous incident during the Potters FA Cup victory at Rochdale on Monday.

But Mark Hughes should be able to recall striker Mame Biram Diouf after Senegal were knocked out of the African Cup of Nations in the Group Stages.

Erik Pieters is definitely out of this fixture but Hughes is hoping to be able to recall the Dutch international next weekend.

The Potters will be hoping to keep up their good form of late where they have only lost one of their last six in all competitions.

Glenn Whelan and Peter Crouch both extended their contracts at the club for an extra two years boosting giving the Potters after a difficult week.

Hughes told the Stoke City website that he doesn’t believe the Bojan injury will hamper Stoke’s chances: “It’s a blow for him and for us because he has been playing so well, but I have a good group of players here, the vast majority of whom were here last year and they didn’t do too bad.”

He added: “It’s a blow for him and for us because he has been playing so well, but I have a good group of players here, the vast majority of whom were here last year and they didn’t do too badly.”

Out: Bojan out for the rest of the season

Out: Bojan out for the rest of the season

QPR have not won a Premier league away match since March 2 2013 when they beat Southampton courtesy of goals from Loic Remy and Jay Boothroyd either side of half-time.

Yun Suk-Young is set to be involved for the first time this year after an ankle injury, while Richard Dunne is fit after a groin problem.

However Sandro is out with a knee injury.

Manager Harry Redknapp told his press conference he hopes for a change in fortunes away from home: “This is another hard game, we know how important it is to get points on the road and that’s the aim this weekend. I haven’t had a break, I’ve been busy during the last two weeks.

“I didn’t want it to go to the last day, but it’s hard. The players have worked hard and we’re in good shape. We all know the importance of the games coming up.”

“I thought we played well against Man United, but we’ve got to improve again on that and go again up at Stoke. We know what to expect of Stoke, the fans get right behind them. We’ve got to pick up points away from home soon. We’ve changed little bits about our preparation this week, but it’s about the players doing their jobs tomorrow.”

The reverse fixture at Loftus Road finished 2-2 following a late Niko Krancjar equaliser after Stoke lead twice through goals from Mame Biram Diouf and Peter Crouch.

The referee is Mike Dean. He has taken charge of both sides once this season. The Wirral based official oversaw Stoke’s 2-1 defeat at Sunderland, while he refereed QPR’s controversial 2-2 draw with Man City. So far this season he has dished out 86 yellow cards and five red cards.

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