Morocco leave out Taarabt

Adel Taarabt: not going to South Africa in January with Morocco. Photo: PA

QPR's quest to avoid relegation from the Premier League has been boosted by Adel Taarabt's omission from Morocco's African Nations Cup squad.

Rangers and their manager, Harry Redknapp, had feared the mercurial forward would be unavailable for an extended period, with the tournament in South Africa running from January 19 to February 10 (watch it live on ITV4 and

However, there was no place for the 23-year-old in coach Rachid Taoussi's 24-man squad posted on the Moroccan federation's official website this morning, with Aston Villa's Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool's Oussama Assaidi the only English-based players included.

Taarabt has scored four goals for Rangers so far this season, including two in their only league win to date against Fulham.