Burnley v QPR preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:26

Burnley v QPR preview

Burnley caretaker boss Stuart Gray has a near full-strength squad available for the game.
Martin Paterson is doubtful with a thigh problem and midfielder Chris McCann remains absent as he recovers from a long-term knee injury but Gray has no other worries as the Clarets bid to topple Neil Warnock’s high-flying outfit at Turf Moor.
Burnley have revealed their search for a new manager is ongoing but that Gray will definitely remain in charge for this weekend’s match.
Norwich manager Paul Lambert turned down the chance to succeed Brian Laws at Turf Moor and Watford’s Malky Mackay and Bournemouth’s Eddie Howe have also been linked with the post.
Laws left the Clarets on December 29 following the club’s dismal home defeat to Scunthorpe the day previously.
Meanwhile Jamie Mackie heads a lengthy casualty list for QPR ahead of the trip to Lancashire.
The Scotland international is out for the rest of the season after suffering a double leg break in the FA Cup defeat at Blackburn last Saturday.
Fellow striker Patrick Agyemang has a stress fracture of the leg which will sideline him for three months and midfielder Akos Buzsaky will be out for another four weeks with a knee injury.
Defender Peter Ramage (cruciate) and midfielders Gavin Mahon (hamstring) and Josh Parker (foot) are also missing while winger Hogan Ephraim (knee), midfielder Martin Rowlands (calf) and forward Heidar Helguson (thigh), who all sat out at the weekend, will need late checks.
However, defender Matt Connolly is back from suspension, skipper Adel Taarabt and fellow midfielder Tommy Smith return after being rested on Saturday and wideman Lee Cook (knee) will be on the bench again after a reserve run-out this week.

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