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QPR's Barton set for Marseille debut in Europe

Joey Barton could make his Marseille debut in the clubs Europa League clash with Fenerbahce in two weeks' time.

The QPR midfielder is on a season-long loan with the French outfit and is the running to make his bow when Les Phoceens travel to Istanbul on September 20.

"Because of everything he has had a 10-week holiday, so we have prepared a specific programme for him," fitness coach Christophe Manouvrier told L'Equipe.

"But he is a hard worker, there is no need to push him.

"He could not play 90 minutes but the end of a match, yes. If the coach needs him against Fener, we will make sure he is ready."

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