QPR prospect of Leeds United giant-killing boosted by huge Whites' blow

Daniel Farke could be without Dan James at Loftus Road.Daniel Farke could be without Dan James at Loftus Road.
Daniel Farke could be without Dan James at Loftus Road. | Getty Images
Both QPR and Leeds United still have a lot to play for this season as they meet at Loftus Road on Friday night.

Leeds United could be without key man Daniel James when they visit Loftus Road on Friday to take on QPR.

The latest injury news from Yorkshire could be a boost to the R's, who would confirm their Championship status for next season with a giant-killing against the promotion-chasers - although defeat and other results going QPR's way would also end relegation fears.

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Leeds United will come to London with a lot to play for. Daniel Farke's side currently sit second in the division but are only one point ahead of Ipswich Town, with the Tractor Boys holding a game in hand. The Whites will also travel to London with more weary legs than Marti Cifuentes' men, having played on Monday night.

Leeds United had to hold on for a 4-3 victory against Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium, with the hosts bagging their third in the 87th minute to make for a nervy end to proceedings. It was a huge three points for the Yorkshire outfit but did come with an injury blow.

James, who has 13 goals and six assists in his 40 Championship appearances this term, was seen hobbling towards the end of the game. He clutched his ribs as he went to ground in the late stages before being hauled back to his feet by an opponent.

Daniel Farke could be without Dan James at Loftus Road.Daniel Farke could be without Dan James at Loftus Road.
Daniel Farke could be without Dan James at Loftus Road. | Getty Images

After the match, Farke admitted that James was 'not looking good' and concerns over his fitness won't be eased by the quick turnaround before Friday's meeting. The manager said: "I'm a bit concerned about Daniel James, could be something with his core muscle. Really unlucky, a key player for us, would be really bad news if he has a minor injury. Let's hope and pray. We have to wait and assess."

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Leeds United defender Joe Rodon was also limping in the second half of the meeting with Middlesbrough but Farke suggested that the player had more of a tight muscle than a strain that would need time on the sidelines.

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