Holmes out for Derby

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Duane Holmes will again miss out for Derby as they chase a Championship play-off spot against QPR.

Duane Holmes will again miss out for Derby as they chase a Championship play-off spot against QPR.

Midfielder Holmes has a thigh problem and is not likely to be in contention until next weekend at the earliest.

Scott Malone remains under observation with a rib problem.

Friday’s draw at Birmingham leaves County two points outside the top six with a game in hand.

QPR fear that Jordan Cousins could be set for a lengthy absence.

Cousins was carried off on a stretcher during Friday’s 2-1 loss to Blackburn with a serious knee injury after falling awkwardly in the wake of an accidental collision with team-mate Bright Osayi-Samuel.

Grant Hall and Jake Bidwell’s injuries will be assessed ahead of the game, with mounting defensive concerns leaving caretaker boss John Eustace to admit: ‘We’re down to the bare bones’.

Striker Matt Smith could start after scoring as a substitute against Blackburn.

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