Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers

Player News - Queens Park Rangers

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Harry Redknapp has a number of injury concerns ahead of Monday nights’ crucial Premier League game against Aston Villa at Loftus Road with up to six midfield players at risk of missing out.

Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch [both hamstring] are confirmed absentees while Sandro [groin] will face a late fitness test. Adel Taarabt won’t be considered although his well-documented fall out with Harry Redknapp is now water under the bridge with the player in line for a recall once he can prove his fitness. Alejandro Faurlin and Jermain Jenas are both long-term absentees with Niko Kranjcar becoming the latest player at risk of missing out. The Croatian was an unused substitute last weekend despite having a pain-killing injection [broken toe] but on Thursday the player was also struck down with the same bug which has affected a number of first team players including goalkeeper Rob Green. Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] and Rio Ferdinand [groin] will be assessed over the weekend.
Oct 25 - 5:41 PM

QPR forward Adel Taarabt has hit back at manager Harry Redknapp over claims that he is overweight and unfit to play.

Redknapp criticised Taarabt after QPR's defeat to Liverpool, claiming the midfielder was not named in his squad because he was "three-stone overweight", but Taarabt has refuted the claims in a scathing interview. The Morocco international stated that Redknapp does not regularly take training sessions, and slammed the way the QPR team was set up for matches, with no clear game-plan for the players to follow. Don't expect to see Taarabt back in the QPR squad any time soon.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 21 - 4:32 AM

Eduardo Vargas scored twice after coming off the bench against Liverpool.

QPR dominated the majority of the match with Liverpool but were guilty of missing a host of chances, in the first half in particular, and it wasn't until the introduction of Vargas with just 11 minutes remaining that they were able to breach Simon Mignolet's net. The Chilean striker scored with two instinctive finishes (reminiscent of former Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez) and it was only a crazy lapse of concentration in the 94th minute that prevented Harry Redknapp's side from taking a point from the fixture. Vargas showed enough in this brief cameo to secure a starting spot for QPR's Week 9 home match against Aston Villa, and he could prove an interesting option for your fantasy team if you're looking to do something a bit different.
Source: BBC Sport
Oct 21 - 4:18 AM

Queens Park Rangers are not only losing points but players as well with midfielder Sandro adding his name to the ever-growing list of first team squad members currently unavailable.

The talented acquisition signed during the close season has the potential to play at the very highest level but keeping Sandro fit is becoming a near impossible task after a groin injury forced his early withdrawal on Sunday – the latest in a long line of niggling problems [calf / knee / hip]. Redknapp bought wisely in the summer and with a limited budget he needed his big money buys to hit the ground running but injury is threatening to derail his season. The QPR coach has seen the likes of Jordon Mutch [hamstring] and Leroy Fer struggle to maintain fitness as well as influential skipper Joey Barton. In addition consider Kranjcar [toe], Green [tonsillitis], Onuoha [hamstring] as well as long-term victims Faurlin and Jenas [both ACL] and it’s easy to see why Redknapp is already facing an uphill task to keep his side in the division.
Oct 19 - 7:30 PM

Harry Redknapp cut a forlorn figure post-match as his Queens Park Rangers team were left rueing a number of missed goal scoring opportunities to leave his side firmly planted to the bottom of the Premier League.

Having dominated the opening proceedings QPR failed to capitalise on their first half dominance and while the game remained level a misfiring Liverpool side were always in with a chance. Leroy Fer was culpable of at least two glorious chances – hitting the woodwork when it appeared easier to score – misses which ultimately condemned the Hoops to their sixth defeat in eight games. Redknapp was left distraught following what he described as "their best performance" under his stewardship with the manner of their loss [two injury time goals conceded] being a particularly bitter pill to swallow. However with Aston Villa at home next weekend QPR must dust themselves down and hope injuries to Nedum Onuoha [hamstring], Rio Ferdinand [groin] and Niko Kranjcar [toe] are not severe enough to keep them out of the crucial six-pointer.
Oct 19 - 6:47 PM

Queens Park Rangers suffered a cruel defeat to the hands of Liverpool as two own goals would make the difference in a 2-3 loss to the Reds.

Rangers put in arguably their best performance of the season and were the better side for the vast majority of the match, but with the game still scoreless after the hour mark, Liverpool employed a bit of trickery by taking a quick free kick near the QPR box and Dunne helplessly tried to clear a low pass across the front of goal and guided it in. Rangers would manage to rebound not once, but twice, as substitute Eduardo Vargas notched his first two Premier League goals in short time, and it looked like a draw was on the horizon. Pool had one final breakaway though, and Steven Caulker was the goat in the second own goal that would leave Rangers with nary a point. The loss is so devastating, one has to wonder if there will be a shakeup at Loftus Road soon, they are firmly situated at the bottom of the table and relegation looks unavoidable without a significant change.
Source: NBC Sports
Oct 19 - 11:08 AM

QPR defender Rio Ferdinand has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association following a comment he posted on Twitter.

This isn't the first time Ferdinand has got himself in trouble via the medium of Twitter and it won't be the last. The ex-England man sent a tweet in reply to some criticism, which the FA deemed "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper." Ferdinand now has until Tuesday 21 October 2014 to respond to the charge, which could result in a fine or a short ban.
Source: Sky Sports
Oct 15 - 4:16 AM

Rob Green put up another negative fantasy score as QPR lost again, 2-0 at West Ham.

It's often tempting to select a cheap keeper to free-up funds to spend elsewhere, and Green is the cheapest Premier League 'number one' in the Yahoo game, but we cannot advise you to pick him at this point in time. QPR look shaky from front-to-back and are showing a worrying lack of fight for a side in the relegation zone, so the low / negative scores are likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
Oct 7 - 5:08 AM

Harry Redknapp bemoans the fitness of some of his key players as Queens Park Rangers slump to the bottom of the British Premier League following their fifth defeat of the season in Sundays’ derby loss at the Boleyn Ground.

Having lost striker Loic Remy in a deadline day move to rivals Chelsea Rangers needed their summer signings to hit the ground running but since a narrow victory over Sunderland in August the hoops have only managed to secure a single point. Redknapp highlights the loss of key players during this period which have cost the team dearly with Sandro [head & knee] plus Jordon Mutch and Joey Barton [both hamstring] failing to get up to speed following injury – Adel Taarabt [ankle] is another still playing catch-up after missing the majority of preseason. The two week international break comes at an ideal time for the club allowing players to regroup and regain fitness before upcoming matches against Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester City.
Oct 6 - 10:33 AM

Rio Ferdinand has been on the field for all 13 goals QPR has conceded to start the season.

Ferdinand has had a few blunders this season already, including Hull City's winner on opening day and another on a giveaway against Southampton this past weekend. QPR have conceded four goals twice this season already and eight goals in its last three matches. It's not all Ferdinand's fault, but it doesn't look good on him at this point. He could find his way to the bench if the right player comes along. Until then, stay away from any QPR defenders, other than perhaps, Steven Caulker.
Oct 1 - 6:40 PM

According to teammate Bobby Zamora, Vargas is "still finding his seat since coming to the Premier League" from Serie A.

Vargas played limited minutes in QPR's 4-0 loss to Man United, but since then has started the last two consecutive matches, notching an assist in the team's 2-1 loss to Southampton this past weekend. "He’s come all the way over here and he doesn’t speak any English so it takes time," said Zamora. Hopefully the 24 year-old can give a boost to the club's attack from here on out because with the way things look right now, QPR will need everything they can get to escape relegation at the end of the season.
Source: Standard
Oct 1 - 6:29 PM

Harry Redknapp could make the trip to St Marys’ on Saturday with up to seven first team midfielders missing from the squad that will face Southampton.

Jermaine Jenas and Alejandro Faurlin [both ACL] remain long-term absentees and the pair have been joined in recent weeks by Jordon Mutch and Joey Barton [both hamstring] who will continue to receive treatment. Sandro - who bizarrely injured his knee celebrating a goal in training - does have a chance but Adel Taarabt [ankle] is extremely doubtful - in addition to his injury there are also fitness concerns – while Croatian Kranjcar has picked up a knock and will have a late fitness test. Karl Henry could be in line for his first start of the season with Leroy Fer, Matt Phillips and Mauricio Isla pushing to be included.
Source: Daily Star
Sep 25 - 7:55 AM

Queens Park Rangers midfielder Sandro has suffered a fresh knee injury after sliding on his knees while celebrating a goal in training.

Sandro has a history of knee injuries that have ruled him out for long periods, and manager Harry Redknapp is furious with how the latest problem came about. "It was a stupid injury," said Redknapp. "He scored a goal in training and slid on his knee like a lot of players do. I don’t know why players do it. The pitch was bone dry so he skidded. His knee has gone bang into the turf." The injury kept Sandro out of the draw with Stoke in Week 5 and the midfielder is unlikely to be fit to face Southampton this weekend.
Source: Daily Mail
Sep 24 - 10:06 AM

Queens Park Rangers trailed twice but managed to respond with goals to stay level with Stoke City, the final equalizer scored by way of a superb free kick from Niko Kranjcar as the two sides played to a 2-2 draw.

Rangers looked their typical disorganized selves but managed to keep pace with the Potters thanks to some key set piece conversions. The first came when Steven Caulker headed home a Jordon Mutch corner, though it could be argued that Stoke were responsible for an own goal. The second came with just a few moments remaining as Kranjcar skillfully curled a free kick over the Stoke wall and into the top corner. Expect to see plenty of Kranjcar in Redknapp's XI for the near future, not only has he been on of the few bright spots for Rangers in the early going, but injuries in this game to Mutch and Joey Barton may leave Redknapp with few options in midfield.
Source: NBC Sports
Sep 20 - 9:45 AM

QPR's defensive struggles continue and it doesn't look to be getting any easier as the season continues.

QPR conceded four goals for the second time in four weeks which puts their season total at nine goals. Steven Caulker has been on the field for all of them. With three games against the Top 4 (currently) over the next six weeks, and five of their next seven against Top 10 teams (currently), it'd be a stretch recommending anyone on this team at this point in time. Although, a Week 5 matchup at home vs Stoke could be worth a shot. Still, the 15 percent of owners invested in Caulker is way too high at this point, especially with the fifth-highest price point of any defender in the game.
Sep 16 - 11:51 AM

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