Tony Mowbray expects the three players who missed training on Thursday to be in contention to face QPR on Saturday.

Derrick Williams and Stewart Downing were among the players to miss out but Mowbray expects both to train ahead of the trip to Loftus Road.

Defender Williams took a knock to his back in the midweek draw with Nottingham Forest, while Downing was fatigued after back-to-back 90 minutes in the space of three days.

“Three players who started the other night didn’t train but the physio is telling me they will be alright,” Mowbray revealed.

“Stewy Downing didn’t train, Derrick Williams, and someone else who I can’t remember!

“Three of the starters, the physio is saying they will train (on Friday) and then we’ll assess them.

“This is the third game in a week coming up, we’ll try and pick a team we feel can go to QPR and give them some problems.”

The QPR game follows home matches with Luton and Nottingham Forest within the space of seven days, and Mowbray had no issues with the players sitting out training.

“Some got knocks. Derrick got a knock in the game, you could see that he was hobbling around for a bit,” he added.

“He got a knee in the lower back.

“Stewart is a bit tight, he’s played two lots of 90 minutes and is a bit tight.

“Footballers, I would expect that if they have something that would be better for a day’s rest than running around in training then they have to put themselves in a position to be able to play if selected.

“I’ve got no issues with that. Two days after the game is usually a recover day for the first-team anyway, do some running, a bit of possession and finishing so no problems with them missing it, as long as they train (on Friday) and then we’ll try and go to QPR and pick up some points.”