Stoke City head to the capital to take on QPR for a relatively early 5.30pm Tuesday night game in the Championship.
The visitors are struggling with injuries after losing Tyrese Campbell for the rest of the season, while Sam Clucas is also out.
Tommy Smith is set to miss out, while Danny Batth and Jon Obi Mikel are also struggling.
“We’re optimistic that Danny Batth can come back into the squad. He trained yesterday and we’ll see how he is today,” manager Michael O’Neill said.
“Jon Obi, we’ll assess him. He trained for part of the session yesterday. But it’s important not to bring players back too soon and risk re-injuring them.
“I suppose the big positive for us is that no-one has been added to our injury list from the game at the weekend.”
QPR are in poor form and have slipped to 19th place, but O’Neill is certain they will pose a tough test to Stoke.
“We expect a tough game again. If you look at the game on Saturday, Derby are in the bottom three but when you look at the players they have, sometimes a team’s league position is a little bit false,” he said.
“We felt we were better than where we were this time last year.
“I’m sure QPR will feel the same. There’s been very little in their games. They were narrowly beaten by Reading in the 89th minute.
“They’ll give us a game, there’s no doubt about that.”
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