Redknapp: Adel Taarabt could return to QPR squad

Adel Taarabt

QPR manager Harry Redknapp has said the midfielder could return to the squad this weekend against Chelsea depending on who is available, despite comments about his fitness nearly two weeks ago.

Queens Park Rangers manager Harry Redknapp has said that Adel Taarabt could return to the squad in the near future after training with the side all week, with Redknapp also not ruling out a potential return to the squad this weekend.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of the trip to Stamford Bridge to take on Chelsea, Redknapp said he had a discussion with his midfielder.

He said: "I had a great chat with Adel. He wants to get fit and back in the team. He's worked very hard in training this week

"He needs to get fitter and work harder and he's told me he's going to do that. That's all I want.

"Adel will be training with us again this morning and as soon as he's fit, I'm sure he'll be a valuable player for us."

On what Taarabt can bring to the team, Redknapp added: "He's a player who can turn a game so we have to wait and see."

Redknapp has previously criticised the midfielder for being overweight and unfit which is why he wasn't available for selection following the side's 3-2 defeat to Liverpool 11 days ago.

Other than the fitness of Taarabt and the obvious questions ahead of the short trip to Stamford Bridge, the press conference focussed a lot on Rio Ferdinand's three-match ban for a tweet he sent, but Redknapp says the FA have yet to send a report to the club and wasn't in a position to comment as he 'doesn't know what twitter is'.

"We've not seen the report from the FA so we can't really comment on it, to understand what he has done.

"As far as I see it a personal thing rather than something that should affect a club.

"I don't know what Twitter is, I don't want to know to honest. It doesn't interest me one little bit. If I understood it I might be able to talk about it."

He added he has no qualms about the behaviour of Ferdinand away from the footballing environment.

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