The probable absences increased after Monday’s Under-23s game against Manchester United with Marcus Browne (hamstring) and Ben Liddle (illness) the latest to be ruled out.

Browne pulled up clutching his hamstring after just eight minutes while Liddle was withdrawn after sickness struck during the half-time break.

The duo join five other players in the treatment room ahead of the Loftus Road clash.

Rudy Gestede (hamstring), Ryan Shotton, Darren Randolph (thigh) and George Friend (thigh) were joined by Ashley Fletcher (calf) at the end of last week.

George Saville will also miss the QPR trip after being sent-off during the 2-0 defeat at Derby on Saturday. He will serve the first of his three-game ban this weekend.

The international break is looming and Woodgate will be hoping the extra recovery time will provide a welcome boost ahead of a busy return that sees three games in the space of six days, starting with Hull City on Sunday November 24 (12 noon).