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QPR v Wigan preview

Defender Richard Dunne returns to the QPR squad for the visit of Wigan Athletic.

The veteran centre-half missed Saturday's 3-1 win at Middlesbrough through suspension following his midweek red card at Sheffield Wednesday.

Right-back Danny Simpson was on the bench at the Riverside following two months out with a back injury so he could start.

Karl Henry (illness) needs a check after missing out at the weekend while Kevin Doyle (knee), Charlie Austin (shoulder), Matty Phillips, Andrew Johnson (both ankle) and Ale Faurlin (cruciate) remain on the sidelines.

Wigan's promotion push has received a double boost with the news experienced duo Shaun Maloney and Gary Caldwell are back in the squad for the trip to QPR.

Scotland international Maloney (hip) has not played since September after undergoing rehabilitation work out in America while club captain and fellow Scot Caldwell, whose latest setback was an Achilles injury, has not featured since May of last season.

Both played over 70 minutes for the development squad last week but given Wigan are on a 10-game unbeaten run, winning nine of those contests, boss Uwe Rosler is unlikely to throw them in at the deep end.

The German will, though, likely shuffle his pack - as he frequently has done since arriving at the DW Stadium - and Callum McManaman and Nick Powell are among those likely to be restored to the starting line-up. Midfield trio Ben Watson (broken leg), Roger Espinoza (hernia) and Chris McCann (knee) remain out, as does central defender Leon Barnett (hamstring).