Team News: Eduardo Vargas makes first Queens Park Rangers start

Eduardo Vargas of Chile in action during the international friendly match between England and Chile at Wembley Stadium on November 15, 2013
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Chile international Eduardo Vargas makes his first start for Queens Park Rangers against Stoke City.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has handed a first start to summer signing Eduardo Vargas in this afternoon's clash against Stoke City at Loftus Road.

The 24-year-old made his R's debut from the bench away at Manchester United last weekend, but having scored for the development side during the week, he will now partner Charlie Austin up front.

Elsewhere, midfielders Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch have been recalled following injuries, but Sandro is sidelined with a muscular complaint.

As for visiting Stoke, Mark Hughes has dropped Bojan and Jonathan Walters, with Mame Biram Diouf and Charlie Adam coming into the team.

QPR: Green; Isla, Caulker, Ferdinand, Traore; Mutch, Barton, Fer; Kranjcar; Vargas, Austin

Stoke: Begovic; Bardsley, Shawcross, Wilson, Pieters; Whelan, Nzonzi; Diouf, Adam, Moses; Crouch

You can follow the encounter in West London with Sports Mole's live text commentary here.

Stoke manager Mark Hughes watches his team against Tottenham during the Premier League match on April 26, 2014
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