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Team news for Boxing Day's Championship clash between QPR and Swansea at Loftus Road, which kicks off at 1pm.

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QPR will check on Alejandro Faurlin ahead of the match.

The Argentine midfielder, Rangers' player of the year last season, missed Saturday's 2-0 defeat at Leeds due to a virus.

On-loan Tottenham defender Kyle Walker stepped into midfield, but the reshuffle did not work and he was soon back at left-back.

Boss Neil Warnock was unhappy with his side's defending against Leeds as well as in the previous match, a 3-1 defeat by Watford, so club captain Fitz Hall could earn a recall.

Midfielder Gavin Mahon has been handed a new one-month contract and may be added to the bench.

Defender Peter Ramage and midfielders Akos Buzsaky and Lee Cook are still out with knee injuries.

Swansea have no new injury or suspension concerns ahead of the game.

Manager Brendan Rodgers named the same matchday 18 for last Saturday's 1-0 defeat at Sheffield United as he did for the previous 1-1 home draw versus Millwall.

But while he has vowed not to alter City's traditional passing and patient build-up play in order to rediscover the club's winning habit, he may opt to rotate a couple of faces of Loftus Road.

Rodgers has already stressed the importance of utilising his squad over the frantic festive period and the likes of midfielder Darren Pratley, wide man David Cotterill and striker Stephen Dobbie may each get an early chance to shine.

Tom Butler (thigh) and Ferrie Bodde (knee) remain long-term absentees, though.

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Championship Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 October 2014
19:45
Blackburn v Birm'ham  
Blackpool v Derby  
B'mouth v Reading  
Brentford v Sheff Wed  
Cardiff v Ipswich  
Charlton v Bolton  
Huddsf'ld v Brighton  
Norwich v Leeds  
Rotherham v Fulham  
Watford v N Forest  

Sky Bet Championship

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Watford 12 11 24
2 Derby 12 12 23
3 M'boro 12 9 23
4 Norwich 12 10 21
5 N Forest 12 9 21
6 Ipswich 12 6 20
7 Wolves 12 3 20
8 Charlton 12 3 19
9 B'mouth 12 3 18
10 Brentford 12 -1 18
11 Sheff Wed 12 0 17
12 Cardiff 12 0 16
13 Blackburn 12 -2 16
14 Leeds 12 -3 15
15 Rotherham 12 -3 15
16 Reading 12 -5 15
17 Huddsf'ld 12 -6 15
18 Millwall 12 -3 13
19 Wigan 12 -2 11
20 Brighton 12 -3 11
21 Birm'ham 12 -7 11
22 Fulham 12 -9 10
23 Bolton 12 -12 8
24 Blackpool 12 -10 6

Updated Sat, 18 Oct 2014

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