QPR midfielder Diakite must fight for first team place

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has told midfielder Samba Diakite to battle for first team selection.

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."

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