QPR manager Chris Ramsey has given his press conference for the game at home to Newcastle United on Saturday afternoon, and he will still have some players missing for that game.
Chris Ramsey – will protect integrity of the league
26 year-old Brazilian International Sandro has some visa problems after his work permit run out and he couldn’t play in the 6-0 thrashing at Manchester City last week, and he will not make it for the game on Saturday, but could play in the last game of the season at Leicester City.
And former Spurs and Cardiff center-back Steven Caulker has a broken hand but will be pressed into action and the manager Chris Ramsey has said he is trying to play his strongest team for the integrity of the league.
In other words just because they are now relegated, their results are still important to teams in the relegation zone – and that’s a good point made by Ramsey.
And by the way this is the second successive season that Steven Caulker has been at a relegated club.
This is some of what Chris Ramsey has said:
“The club are still in negotiations with the powers that be and he won’t be available this week but I’m not sure about the game next weekend.”
“Steve Caulker shouldn’t be playing but we have got to protect the integrity of the league, go all the way, and be fair to all in the relegation situation.”
“We won’t let Newcastle off as we have pride in ourselves, we have got to show our fans that last week was a blip and I’m preparing myself mentally to win.”
Striker Bobby Zamora, who usually plays well against Newcastle, is also a doubt and he is one of the players nursing a knock, so it’s not clear whether he will make the line-up although the big threat to Newcastle on Saturday is 25 year-old striker Charlie Austin, and we are currently odds-on favorites to sign him.
Let’s hope he doesn’t try to impress Newcastle too much on Saturday.
QPR have injuries to Isla, Zarate, Traore, Doughty, Vargas and Faurlin, and only the first two will have late fitness tests to see if they can play against the Magpies.
This looks like a probable win for Newcastle, but you can never tell in these kinds of games, and a number of QPR players will be trying to retain their pride after such a terrible collapse last week which finally saw them relegated for the second time in two years.
But it does show how important the first goal will be, and if Newcastle can go ahead one or two QPR players may drop their heads – which is what happened last week at the Etihad.
This is a massive game for Newcastle United, and our lads have to go there and try to win and 3 points will in all likelihood save us from relegation.
But the Newcastle players cannot think this will be easy – especially after we have just one solitary point in the last nine games – out worst run ever in the Premier League.
We are still nervous about the possibility of relegation – which would be really hard to take – so a win on Saturday would be simply fantastic.
Howay The Lads!!