Premier League team news: QPR v Sunderland

Faurlin suffered another injury nightmare at Burton Albion. Photo: PA

QPR will be without Alejandro Faurlin for the visit of Sunderland after the midfielder suffered a serious knee injury for the third time in three years.

R's manager Harry Redknapp could yet be without Faurlin for the remainder of the season after he sustained an anterior cruciate ligament injury - whilst loan signing Eduardo Vargas will be unavailable as he is still awaiting a work permit.

Charlie Austin (hamstring) missed the 4-0 loss at Tottenham last weekend but could be involved on Saturday as Redknapp is likely to recall a number of players who sat out the Capital One Cup defeat to Burton.

Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet faces a series of selection decisions ahead of the trip to London.

Poyet has no fresh injury concerns, but having made six changes for the Capital One Cup second round victory at Birmingham in midweek, has options at his disposal.

Costel Pantilimon, Billy Jones, Liam Bridcutt, Adam Johnson, Jordi Gomez and Jozy Altidore all started at St Andrews, but Vito Mannone, Patrick van Aanholt, Lee Cattermole, Jack Rodwell, Will Buckley and Steven Fletcher will hope for recalls at Loftus Road.

QPR squad: Green, Murphy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Simpson, Traore, Isla, Henry, Barton, Fer, Mutch, Hoilett, Phillips, Wright-Phillips, Taarabt, Austin, Remy, Zamora.

Sunderland squad: Mannone, Pantilimon, Jones, Van Aanholt, Brown, O'Shea, Vergini, Roberge, Cattermole, Bridcutt, Rodwell, Gomez, Larsson, Johnson, Buckley, Giaccherini, Mavrias, Wickham, Fletcher, Altidore, Graham.