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Barton to miss Liverpool clash

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Joey Barton. Credit: PA

QPR midfield duo Joey Barton and Jordon Mutch will miss the visit of Liverpool on Sunday as they both remain sidelined with hamstring injuries.

Despite having extra time to recover over the international break, the pair will not be fit to line up at Loftus Road as the Hoops look to move off the foot of the Premier League table.

Manager Harry Redknapp is hopeful Niko Kranjcar will be involved despite the Croatian midfielder suffering a broken toe in training but Alejandro Faurlin (knee) is a long-term absentee.

Provisional QPR squad: Green, McCarthy, Hill, Dunne, Ferdinand, Onuoha, Caulker, Yun, Traore, Isla, Henry, Sandro, Fer, Hoilett, Phillips, Kranjcar, Wright-Phillips, Austin, Zamora, Vargas.

Ferdinand: We haven't gelled

Rio Ferdinand has promised his form and that of QPR will improve.

Rangers are bottom of the Barclays Premier League ahead of their eighth game of the season this weekend, against Liverpool on Sunday.

It's early in the season and things will turn around - I'm confident of that.

We haven't gelled as a squad so when we do, I'd like to think results will improve. Although it's not as easy as that - it's no good just talking about it, we have to go out and do it.

– Rio Ferdinand speaking the Evening Standard

Les Ferdinand joins former club QPR as Head of Football Operations

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Ferdinand's appointment will be popular with QPR fans. Credit: PA

QPR have appointed former striker Les Ferdinand as Head of Football Operations, nearly 20 years after he was sold to Newcastle as a player.

Ferdinand will be responsible for providing a link between the club's board and football staff, and is expected to be involved on a coaching capacity at every level.

Chairman Tony Fernandes told qpr.co.uk:

"Football has changed considerably in recent years and I firmly believe there is a role at every football club for this kind of position.

“Les is a fantastic QPR man and I know the fans will join me in welcoming him back to a place he has a great fondness for."

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Sam Allardyce encourages fans to give ex-Hammers warm reception

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Allardyce has a lot of time for QPR boss, Redknapp. Credit: PA

West Ham manager Sam Allardyce has encouraged the clubs supporters to give Harry Redknapp, Rob Green, Rio Ferdinand and Bobby Zamora a warm reception when they return to Upton Park with QPR on Sunday.

The trio all spent considerable time with the Hammers during their professional career, and Big Sam expects them to be fired up for the Premier League clash.

I think they should get a warm reception as all three of them were here for a considerable amount of time - they weren't short-term stays.

We would like them to be very miserable at the end of the game though.

The year I had Robert (Green) when he helped us get back into the Premier League, he was a great professional, and we all know about Rio.

Harry has been managing longer than me - one of the few left who has.

I think they will all come back with an extra determination to return to their old club and show everyone what they can still do.

– West Ham manager Sam Allardyce
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