QPR boss Harry Redknapp has told midfielder Samba Diakite to battle for first team selection. Diakite has not played for Rangers since the 3-0 reverse to Liverpool in December.

But Redknapp expects the Mali international to respond positively to the challenge.

"His form dipped a little bit before he went away. The Liverpool game was a disappointment. And now there's Jermaine Jenas, there's Park, there's Granero and Mbia - we've got a group of them central midfielders.

"But Samba's a good lad, and I like him and he's training well. I guess he could be in the team anytime."