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Jamie Mackie Withdraws from Scotland Party
QPR's Jamie Mackie is one of three players who has withdrawn from Scotland's Wednesday match against Australia. Mackie reportedly has a calf injury. Updated Scotland Squad
FUTURE OF JOEY BARTON
Meanwhile QPR's Joey Barton has returned from Fleetwood FC and tweeted denying that he's headed to Blackpool but that "Hopefully, my future will be sorted this week. Still unsure myself right now." Joey Barton
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Premier League preview No11: Queens Park Rangers
Hughes, as Blackburn manager, overlapped with Hoilett for a year and would had a sense of the player's potential even if the youngster was out on loan to the German club Paderborn. That sort of familiarity is even more marked in the case of Nelsen, whose long stay at Blackburn included three full seasons under the management of Hughes.
There are assets at Loftus Road and Joey Barton could be numbered among them were it not for the fact that his career is being swamped by controversies. The midfielder was sent off at Manchester City at the close of last season with mayhem breaking out once he had been shown the red card. That did not merely help the hosts take the title.
His misconduct led to a 12-match ban and, of late, he has made pre-season appearances for Fleetwood Town to recover match fitness.
His omission from QPR's's pre-season tour to Malaysia could well be interpreted as a form of exclusion, but it would hardly have made practical sense for the club to involve a player who could not be considered for selection once the real season is in progress. There had been briefly been talk of the club cancelling his contract although that did not appear feasible in reality.
The club, after all, did value a footballer who had come to them after four years with Newcastle United. Barton started 31 of QPR's league matches last season. It is obvious that there will be a reluctance even to try and rehabilitate him but professional sport normally deals in practicalities. The 29-year-old may yet re-emerge. Guardian
Last season: 17th Title odds: 3,000-1 Going down: 11-2
Summer update Rangers might have stopped playing before the final whistle blew on last season but they cannot wait for the first one this time out. In Park Ji-sung, who was unveiled at a glamour press conference on the 29th floor of London's Millbank Tower, they feel they have signed a "global superstar". Mark Hughes completed a lot of encouraging business early on and his ambitions are high. After promotion in May last year under Neil Warnock, a 17th-placed finish was the target and was achieved, just. Hughes has said that Rangers will no longer be involved in relegation scraps on his watch.
Key player Park will be pivotal.
Achilles heel Rangers had the worst away record in the division last season.
Headline generator Joey Barton's debut after his 12 game ban. What odds on a straight red?
Ins Park Ji-sung (Man United, �2m); Ryan Nelsen (Spurs, free); F�bio da Silva (Man United, loan); Samba Diakit� (Nancy, �3.5m); Junior Hoilett (Blackburn, tribunal); Andrew Johnson (Fulham, free); Robert Green (W Ham, free).
Outs Ten players released.
Prediction 9th Observer
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