Queens Park Rangers

Queens Park Rangers

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Queens Park Rangers will be missing two key midfielders for the London derby with Arsenal in Week 28.

QPR arrive back from a week of warm weather training in Dubai fully refreshed following their extended break and the Hoops will be looking to end Arsenal’s seven game winning streak. Joey Barton [suspended] is out for three matches and with Leroy Fer sidelined until April Chris Ramsey may be tempted to throw the fit-again Sandro straight back into the fray. Nedum Onuoha and Mauricio Isla are close to a return but Darnell Furlong should retain his place after making his debut at the KC Stadium in GW26.

QPR striker Charlie Austin was back from injury and back on the scoresheet in Week 26 with the help of Matt Phillips.

Austin only missed one match for QPR but prior to the goal against Hull in Week 26 he had failed to score in three Premier League appearances. If QPR are to have any hope of survival they need the England hopeful to get back to scoring on a regular basis and he should thrive on the delivery from Matt Philips who has been recalled to the team by Chris Ramsey and provided the assist on Saturday. Phillips' is an expert crosser of the ball and provided two assist in the Week 25 win over Sunderland so the two players could be key over the final three months of the season. However, you'll need to avoid either for Week 27 as QPR do not have a fixture scheduled.
Feb 24 - 4:53 AM

Joey Barton was sent off in the first half as QPR lost to Hull City.

As the captain, Joey Barton is supposed to lead by example, but he let his team and the fans down with a typical show of petulance in the first half. With QPR 1-0 down already the midfielder lashed out at Tom Huddlestone and was shown a straight red card, leaving his team mates little chance of getting back in to the match. The away side did fight back to 1-1 through Charlie Austin and put in a remarkable second half display, but lost the game in the 89th minutes as Dame N'Doye hit the winner. The finger of blame should quite rightly be pointed in Barton's direction and he'll now face a three match ban.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 21 - 12:18 PM

Queens Park Rangers received a massive boost this week with the news that Charlie Austin will be available for the trip to the KC Stadium after recovering from a foot injury.

Austin is back, and the clubs leading scorer could be paired with Bobby Zamora up front who helped the Hoops secure their first points away from Loftus Road in GW25 at the Stadium of Light. Sandro "is still in his conditioning phase" while a knee injury is likely to keep Mauricio Isla out and with Leroy Fer sidelined "for the foreseeable future," Chris Ramsey will need to consider his options. The departure of Harry Redknapp means Adel Taarabt, Shaun Wright-Phillips and Mauro Zarate have all been given a second chance to prove themselves. Rio Ferdinand should continue to deputise for the injured Richard Dunne and another booking for Joey Barton would extend his Premier League record to eight [8] consecutive cautions.
Feb 20 - 4:51 PM

Charlie Austin [foot] has been passed fit for the trip to the KC Stadium on Saturday but Mauricio Isla will miss out after suffering a knee injury in training.

Chris Ramsey confirmed the absence of Isla during Thursdays’ press conference while advising Sandro was also short on fitness as he continues his "conditioning phase." With Leroy Fer sidelined for the "foreseeable future" and a knee injury keeping Richard Dunne out until April the Hoops will make changes but they are expected to keep the bulk of the starting eleven which triumphed at the Stadium of Light in Rangers’ first win away from Loftus Road this season. Shaun Wright-Phillips and Adel Taarabt come back into contention under Ramsey while Mauro Zarate has also seen his stock significantly improve since the departure of Harry Redknapp.
Feb 19 - 7:59 PM

QPR head coach Chris Ramsey says the good recent form of Matt Phillips has been a major plus for the relegation-threatened Premier League outfit.

Phillips is a talented individual who showed flashes of brilliance during Blackpool's 2010/11 Premier League campaign, but the winger had found it difficult to hold down a first team place since joining QPR at the start of last season. However, Phillips has started both games since Chris Ramsey took over from Harry Redknapp and has rewarded his manager's faith with two excellent performances, including two assists in the win at Sunderland. Priced at £4.7million in the Yahoo game he could become an interesting budget option for the coming weeks.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 18 - 9:39 AM

QPR have confirmed the appointment of Chris Ramsey as head coach until the end of the season.

Ramsey's spell as caretaker manager had started well with a good performance against Southampton, losing to a last minute winner, before a fine win at Sunderland in Week 25. That was QPR's first away win of the season and was enough for the owner Tony Fernandes to hand Ramsey the role until the end of the campaign. Rangers are outside the Premier League's bottom three on goal difference only and go to Hull - one place and one point above - in their next game this weekend, with star man Charlie Austin expected to be back from injury.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 16 - 4:39 AM

QPR have been dealt a further blow this week with the news that midfielder Leroy Fer could be ruled out for up to ten weeks becoming the fourth Hoops player to suffer a serious injury in the last three days.

A scan on Wednesday confirmed the extent of his injury - a grade two MCL tear which means Fer joins Richard Dunne [knee] and Charlie Austin [foot] in the treatment room along with Nedum Onuoha who could miss up to a month after suffering a hamstring tear during the defeat to Southampton. While the prognosis on leading scorer Austin was better than expected [should return in GW26], Dunne may miss the remainder of the season although QPR could welcome back Sandro [MCL] for the trip to the KC Stadium next time out as he looks to improve his fitness with the under-21s over the next 10 days.
Source: Sky Sports
Feb 12 - 8:41 AM

Queens Park Rangers finally managed to ditch their proverbial monkey on Tuesday at the twelfth attempt winning their first away game of the season at the Stadium of Light but the victory came at a cost with the loss of Leroy Fer to a nasty looking knee injury.

Fer has been a solid performer throughout the season and it was his opener on 17 minutes which set Rangers on their way in only Chris Ramsey’s second game in charge. The Dutchman has scored 4 times this season and on each occasion the Hoops have picked up points [W3 and D1] and his overall contribution cannot be underestimated so the sight of the midfielder being stretchered off after twisting his knee will be the cause of some concern – in addition Matty Phillips is to be assessed after limping off early in the second half. The game against Sunderland will also be remembered for Joey Barton’s seventh consecutive yellow card – a Premier League record!
Source: The Guardian
Feb 11 - 7:18 AM

Queens Park Rangers climbed out of the relegation zone as goals from Leroy Fer and Bobby Zamora gave them a first away win of the season against Sunderland.

Not many predicted QPR could produce a performance like this with no away wins, no manager and no Charlie Austin for the trip to Sunderland, but produce one they did. It was fully deserved victory as the visitors outfought the Black Cats all over the pitch, taking the lead when Leroy Fer met Matty Phillips's right-wing cross with a firm downward header. It was 2-0 right on half time thanks to a hooked volley from Bobby Zamora and it was a lead held on to the end of the match. The result moves QPR out of the relegation places, with Sunderland still deep in the relegation fight just two points above the drop zone.
Source: BBC
Feb 10 - 5:03 PM

Queens Park Rangers go in to Week 25's clash with Sunderland dealing with a triple injury blow.

Richard Dunne [MCL] could miss the remainder of the season with defensive teammate Nedum Onuoha [hamstring] out for around a month. However a scan confirmed Charlie Austin did not break a bone in his foot but heavy bruising is enough to keep him out for at least one game. Rio Ferdinand will travel to Wearside and Mauro Zarate could play a part "I thought he looked very sharp, he's staked a claim for a start" confirmed interim manager Chris Ramsey. Sandro will continue his recovery by playing for the under-21s "he should be ready for Hull," and Adel Taarabt will be checked after playing just over an hour on Saturday although "he's not in 100 per-cent condition."
Feb 10 - 8:29 AM

Queens Park Rangers received a mixed injury update today as the club confirmed leading scorer Charlie Austin did not break a bone in his foot after a scan revealed heavy bruising which means the striker could return for GW26.

The news provides a welcome boost however the Hoops have been dealt a double defensive blow with Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha set for an extended spell on the sidelines. Again a scan provided a favourable update as initially there were fears Dunne had ruptured his ACL however the central defender actually tore his MCL which could mean around 3 months out [instead of 9]. Further tests also revealed team mate Onuoha suffered a hamstring strain during the loss to Southampton – an injury which is expected to keep him out for up to a month. Mauricio Isla is a replacement option while interim manager Chris Ramsey could also call upon the services of Suk-Young Yun following his return from the Asian Cup.
Feb 8 - 4:22 PM

Queens Park Rangers survival hopes have been dealt a massive blow with the news that leading scorer Charlie Austin and defensive stalwart Richard Dunne both left Loftus Road on crutches following the last gasp defeat to Southampton on Saturday.

Interim manager Chris Ramsey confirmed the duo would be assessed over the next 24/48 hours while a scan would confirm the extent of the injuries. Early reports suggest Dunne suffered a knee ligament strain – possible ACL which would end his season – while Austin may have broken a bone in his foot. With the transfer window now firmly closed the Hoops will need to rely on a host of inconsistent fringe players – Mauro Zarate [fitness], Bobby Zamora [hip / pelvic problems], Adel Taarabt [temperament] and Rio Ferdinand [ongoing muscular issues] – during the interim to help steady the ship if Rangers hope to move clear of the relegation zone.
Source: BBC Sport
Feb 7 - 6:37 PM

With Harry Redknapp leaving Loftus Road this week interim manager Chris Ramsey confirmed that he has almost a fully fit squad to select from for the match against Southampton.

Ramsey stated "Most of the players are fit. Almost everyone will be available. All I am interested in is getting three points tomorrow. Whoever is fit and available, will be in contention." Sandro should be included in the squad following more than two months out, while Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore will be assessed on Friday.
Feb 7 - 5:21 AM

Harry Redknapp, perhaps best known for being a "wheeler dealer" during open transfer windows has resigned from QPR after deadline day came and went without any moves for the Rs.

There is something of a mystery surrounding Harry Redknapp's ability to get and retain employment as a football manager. He has come close to ruining multiple clubs financially (Portsmouth and QPR) which seems like it should be enough to keep him unemployed. To his (sort of) credit, he nearly rode Gareth Bale's coattails to the position of England manager. The official story is that Redknapp resigned because he needs knee replacement surgery. More likely he either became disenchanted when it became clear that Tony Fernandes wasn't going to continue to overpay for underachievers like Emmanuel Adebayor and Matt Jarvis or Fernandes fired him and was being nice by allowing him to bow out gracefully by "resigning".
Feb 3 - 9:58 AM


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