Queens Park Rangers welcome Rotherham United to the Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium for an FA Cup third round tie on Saturday.
Given Rangers’ position in the Championship table and the fixtures being likely to stack up in the second half of the season, a cup run could do more harm than good for Mark Warburton’s men. After reaching the quarter final stage of the Carabao Cup the club may be content with focusing on the league from here.
In that, the test of the Millers’ visit will provide an opportunity for Warburton to rotate his squad and give minutes to a handful of players on their way back from injury.
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The alterations are as follows: Jordan Archer replaces Seny Dieng in goal, Moses Odubajo comes in for Albert Adomah, Conor Masterson earns a rare start in place of Yoann Barbet, Nicholas Hamalainen returns with Lee Wallace dropping out, Stefan Johansen takes the armband with Chris Willock rested and finally Charlie Austin replaces Lyndon Dykes.
Rotherham have got the better of Bromley and Stockport County in the previous two rounds and will be optimistic ahead of their trip to West London. However, not too dissimilar to QPR’s situation, a rotated side is expected given the Millers’ position in the League One promotion race.
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Masterson and Hamalainen have recently returned from loan spells and this match gives them a chance to prove to Warburton that they can be utilised in Rangers’ play-off bid.