Three QPR defenders ruled out ahead of Tottenham clash

Mark Hughes faces a selection headache ahead of the Rs' trip to White Hart Lane, with Anton Ferdinand, Fabio and Armand Traore all missing through injury and Adel Tarrabt a doubt

QPR manager Mark Hughes faces a defensive crisis ahead of his side's trip to Tottenham on Sunday, with three regulars all having been ruled out.

Anton Ferdinand, Fabio and Armand Traore are all set miss the trip to White Hart Lane, creating a headache in defense for the manager, with midfielder Adel Taraabt also a doubt.

“We’ve got a number of injuries at the back,” Hughes told reporters. “Anton Ferdinand is not going to be involved.

“Fabio isn’t available – he’ll be out for a number of weeks. To compound that, Armand Traore is not available either. We’re going to have to move people around to accommodate for that.

“Adel Taraabt didn’t complete the session today so we’ll have to check him tomorrow. He felt a little bit of tightness so he may not be available tomorrow.”

The 48-year-old has also revealed that new signing Stephane Mbia will to wait for his debut as he continues his return to full match fitness.

Hughes did insist that the former Marseille man should be fit to make his bow for his new side in the following game but was hesitant to risk the defensive midfielder, who can also play at center back, too soon.

“Stephane’s not available either,” he added.

“We’re not going to risk him this weekend, he might be an option for midweek but hopefully we’ll get him back for this time next week.”

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