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Monday, January 12, 2009

Potential Incoming (and Outgoing) Transfers...Routledge NOT Eligible for Burnley....Injury Update

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Dave McIntyre/Ealing Gazette - Miller set for Sunderland switch
- QPR are hoping to seal the signing of Republic of Ireland midfielder Liam Miller from Sunderland in the next 48 hours.
- Sunderland are happy to let Miller leave but the player may move to west London on an initial loan deal.
- Miller, who turns 28 next month, was transfer-listed last year after repeatedly turning up late for training
- No other clubs have since come in for him but Rangers made enquiries after Ireland boss Giovanni Trapattoni spoke highly of Miller during a recent visit to Loftus Road.
- QPR also lined up Tottenham outcast Hossam Ghaly as a possible signing but look more likely to land Miller, who was at Celtic and then Manchester United before joining Sunderland on a free transfer in 2006.
- And Rangers are still pursuing midfielder Ben Watson, who is expected to leave Crystal Palace before the transfer window closes.
- A number of Premiership clubs have been watching Watson closely for a long time but have decided against making a firm move to sign him and unless that changes, Rangers remain in pole position.
- Meanwhile, the club are waiting to see if any bids are tabled for Mikele Leigertwood, who will be allowed to leave for £1million if an offer comes in and Rangers can secure another midfielder.
- They were again reliant on Dexter Blackstock on Saturday, when the striker’s late equaliser – his 12th goal of the season – rescued a 1-1 draw against 10-man Coventry.
- Sky Blues defender Stephen Wright was red-carded following a first-half challenge on Heidar Helguson, but Rangers struggled to make their numerical advantage count and fell behind to Dan Fox's 73rd-minute free-kick.
- That looked like giving Coventry maximum points but Blackstock levelled with three minutes remaining.
- Damion Stewart's long ball was flicked on by Samuel Di Carmine and Blackstock nipped in front of Ben Turner to head past goalkeeper Keiren Westwood.
- Boss Paulo Sousa admitted he made a mistake by switching from his preferred 'diamond' formation to 4-4-2 in order to give a debut to Wayne Routledge following the winger’s £500,000 move from Aston Villa.
- Sousa said: "We changed our shape and played without training very much because the weather gave us few opportunities to train.
- "When this happens it is better to keep playing the way we were before, so I take responsibility for this.
- "We looked for a winger and when Wayne came, we wanted to be more open and play with more width. We lost some control in midfield, where we had been playing with four in the middle.
- "When you change things it doesn't just click. We want to play a different way, but it does take time. But the positive thing is that we are building. It's coming
." Ealing Gazette

London Informer/Paul Warburton - QPR miss out on Wayne Routledge for FA Cup
QPR will be without Wayne Routledge for the FA Cup third round replay at Burnley tommorow night because the winger signed three hours too late.
The new £300,000 capture made an exciting start to his Rangers career in the 1-1 draw with Coventry on Saturday - but won't be at Turf Moor because his contract was being given the once over a week ago, Friday, when the noon deadline required by the FA for players to be registered ran out.

Defender Fitz Hall will wear a Lone Ranger-type mask for the next six weeks something similar to that which saw Paul Gascoigne and Dutch ace Edgar Davids also look like bandits on a pitch in the recent past.
Hall has a badly damaged nose from an incident against Watford two weeks ago. London Informer

Patrick Agyemang has successfully undergone an operation on his torn thigh muscle and is already on the road to recovery.
The 28 year-old striker sustained the injury in training last Wednesday and underwent exploratory surgery over the weekend, as Head Physio, Paul Hunter, explained.
"The news is far better than we expected," Hunter told www.qpr.co.uk.
"It was a far simpler operation than we initially expected and the early signs are very positive in terms of his rehabilitation.
"He's already began light rehab work and we will continue to monitor his progress over the coming weeks."

Elsewhere, Fitz Hall will have to wear a face mask for the next six weeks, after he was forced to undergo surgery following a clash of heads against Watford.
The former Wigan defender fractured his nasal bone against the Hornets and missed the R's subsequent FA Cup third round tie against Burnley a few days later.
However, following a brief appearance from the bench on Saturday, Hall is set to be named in the squad that travels to Turf Moor for the R's third round replay against the Clarets tomorrow (Tuesday) night.
Hunter said: "Fitz is fine to continue playing, although he will have to wear the mask in training and on matchdays for the next six weeks or so.
"The surgeons did a 3D image scan on the area where he fractured the bone and the mask will provide suitable protection in that area over that period of time."

Meanwhile, Matthew Connolly successfully returned to First Team duties against Coventry City on Saturday following a recent back complaint.
"Matt has had an issue with his lower back that required him to do a lot of stabilisation work," explained Hunter.
"Fortunately, he came through the 90 minutes on Saturday and fingers crossed all the hard work he's been doing down at Harlington will mean this injury is now a thing of the past." QPR

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