Queens Park Rangers release official statement on Sandro work permit issues

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Reports had surfaced earlier today suggesting Sandro faced deportation over work permit issues but QPR have denied the claims.

Former Spurs man Sandro signed for QPR last summer but made just 15 appearances in another injury-hit campaign. R’s fans will be hopeful he can stay fit and available for their assault on the Championship next season and rumours of visa issues threatening his availability will be a cause for concern.

The Sun reported on his deportation after a mix up concerning his work permit on QPR’s end but Rangers have taken to their official site to address the issue and refute the paper's version of events:

"The club is aware of today's story in The Sun newspaper regarding Sandro and the Home Office," the statement reads.

"Whilst the club is in dialogue with the Home Office in a bid to resolve the matter, it is not in a position to comment further at this time.

"However, the club can clarify that Sandro is currently on holiday in Brazil - but wasn't deported as suggested in the article.

"The club will be making no further comment."

Whilst the club denies Sandro has been deported, the statement does admit to an on-going dialogue with the Home Office, which reveals there is some sort of issue to be resolved.

Off-the-field problems of this ilk are never ideal preparation for a new campaign and the QPR faithful will be hopeful the matter is resolved sooner rather than later.

QPR admitted in May that there was an issue with Sandro's UK residency visa and the club was advised not to pick the Brazilian while it was sorted out, according to the BBC. The situation may be made more complicated by the fact that Sandro is no longer playing for his nation.

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