Unsettled midfielder Adel Taarabt is two weeks away from fitness so will miss QPR's opening Barclays Premier League clash against Hull at Loftus Road.
The AC Milan target is still agitating for a permanent transfer to the San Siro before the end of the transfer window, but is also battling back to fitness from a host of knocks.
Boss Harry Redknapp can call on striker Loic Remy however, the France international ready for action despite the failed medical that derailed his Liverpool move.
Maynor Figueroa is back in contention for Hull after being given permission to miss the Tigers' Europa League openers in the wake of his World Cup exertions.
New boys Tom Ince and Robert Snodgrass are both expected to figure as Bruce looks to shrug off the midweek loss of Shane Long to Southampton.
QPR: Green, Cesar, Murphy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Simpson, Traore, Isla, Henry, Barton, Mutch, Faurlin, Hoilett, Phillips, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Remy, Zamora.
Hull: McGregor, Harper, Bruce, Chester, Davies, Figueroa, Rosenior, McShane, Boyd, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Snodgrass, Livermore, Ince, Brady, Jelavic, Sagbo, Aluko, Quinn.