Nedum Onuoha will miss QPR’s game against Wolves after an appeal against his red card at Brighton was rejected.
The decision means the Rangers skipper must serve a one-match ban – much to manager Ian Holloway’s disgust.
Holloway criticised referee Keith Stroud for sending off Onuoha for a second-half challenge on Sam Baldock during QPR’s 3-0 defeat against the Seagulls.
The punishment seemed harsh, but Rangers have been unsuccessful in their attempt to have the red card rescinded.
And with Steven Caulker and Joel Lynch both out, it means Holloway’s defensive options for the visit to Molineux are limited.
Holloway had to move James Perch to centre-back following Onuoha’s dismissal and brought Osman Kakay, 19, on at right-back for the youngster’s Championship debut.
That doesn’t bode well ahead of the Wolves clash for an R’s team beaten in their last six matches and now down to 21st in the table.
“With Nedum out, if Lynchy isn’t fit again then I haven’t got a back four – literally I haven’t got a back four,” Holloway told West London Sport.
“I had to move Perchy over when Nedum went off and I’m putting a 19-year-old in at right-back who hasn’t played before. It’s a bit much.”