Wolves v QPR preview
McCarthy's men entertain new-look Rangers
Last Updated: September 16, 2011 6:18pm
Barton: To captain QPR again after encouraging debut
Wolves will be determined to bounce back from their defeat to Tottenham when they take on a revitalised Queens Park Rangers side on Saturday afternoon.
Mick McCarthy's men enjoyed a tremendous start to the season with seven points from their opening three Premier League fixtures, before going down 2-0 at home to Spurs last weekend.
The manager was philosophical afterwards and will have quickly turned his attention to this clash with QPR, having emphasised the importance before the start of the campaign of winning games against teams that may not necessarily be challenging for Europe.
McCarthy had to change his starting XI for the first time last time out, bringing in Michael Kightly for Matt Jarvis due to a slight injury concern over the former Gillingham winger.
Jarvis was still able to feature off the bench and may be recalled by McCarthy as Wolves look to return to top form.
Striker Steven Fletcher is doubtful due to a groin problem he sustained against Tottenham, with McCarthy admitting earlier in the week that he may struggle to recover in time.
Kevin Foley and Stephen Hunt have also been carrying knocks but are expected to be available, leaving only Dave Edwards (calf) and Sylvain Ebanks-Blake (knee) on the sidelines.
Karl Henry will start in midfield and is relishing the prospect of coming up against new Queens Park Rangers captain Joey Barton after engaging in a fascinating duel with the former Newcastle man last season.
Barton left St James' Park over the summer and was handed the armband for his QPR debut on Monday as Neil Warnock's side played out a goalless draw with Newcastle.
While the point only kept QPR in mid-table and extended a solid rather than spectacular run of results at the start of the season, Warnock could not contain his excitement after the match after such a positive performance.
Barton was just one fresh face in a new-look side, with fellow summer recruits Shaun Wright-Phillips, Anton Ferdinand, Luke Young and Armand Traore all impressing.
All five debutants came through relatively unscathed, including Traore, who had to go off early in the second half after suffering cramp.
Warnock therefore has no new injury worries ahead of the trip to Molineux and could name an unchanged line-up.
Kieron Dyer (foot), Jamie Mackie (leg) and Rob Hulse (knee) remain sidelined.
Possible starting XIs
Wolves: Hennessey, Stearman, Johnson, Berra, Ward, Jarvis, Henry, O'Hara, Hunt, Doyle, Fletcher.
QPR: Kenny, Young, Ferdinand, Gabbidon, Traore, Wright-Phillips, Barton, Derry, Faurlin, Taarabt, Bothroyd.
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