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GAMEDAY – QPR Away
Blues travel to London today to take on Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink’s QPR, hoping to close the gaps on the playoff teams.
QPR lie in 13th place in the table, six places and ten points behind Blues. Touted as a potential favourite to go up, their form has been indifferent and they’ve not won in three games. Their home win against Ipswich at the beginning of February is the sole home win in their last seven games at Loftus Road.
Alejandro Faurlin will have to face a late fitness test while goalkeeper Alex Smithies should keep his place despite receiving cuts to his face. Midfielder Tjaron Chery and winger Jamie Mackie are both pushing for recalls.
Blues only possible injury worry is Jonathan Grounds, who picked up a knock in the win over Bolton but is expected to be fit for this game. David Cotterill could come in for Will Buckley following the Welshman’s excellent second half on Tuesday night while Rowett will again have to decide between Jon Toral and Diego Fabbrini.
Roger East is in the middle for this game. He has taken charge of 27 games so far this season, handing out 76 cautions and one red card. His last Blues game was the 3-1 away win over Millwall in September 2014, when he booked four players including Koby Arthur, David Cotterill and Stephen Gleeson for Blues.
One red card (three match suspension served): James Vaughan
9 Yellow Cards: Maikel Kieftenbeld
8 Yellow Cards: Stephen Gleeson
5 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Grounds and Diego Fabbrini
4 Yellow Cards: David Davis, Jon Toral, Paul Robinson and Paul Caddis
3 Yellow Cards: David Cotterill, Michael Morrison and James Vaughan
2 Yellow Cards: Jonathan Spector, Clayton Donaldson and Neal Eardley
1 Yellow Card: Tomasz Kuszczak
The cutoff date for 5 yellow cards to attract a suspension is November 30, 2015
The cutoff date for 10 yellow cards to attract a suspension is March 13, 2016
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