Report: Rio Ferdinand set for QPR return this week

Rio Ferdinand is due to return to the QPR first-team for the first time in five weeks.

The R’s face Sunderland on Tuesday evening, and the 36-year-old is set to be recalled to the first-team by caretaker manager Chris Ramsey.

Richard Dunne and Nedum Onuoha are both on the sidelines due to long-term injuries, and Ferdinand could come back into the starting XI as a replacement for one of Steven Caulker and Clint Hill, who both featured in the 1-0 defeat to Southampton at the weekend.

Ferdinand has made just nine appearances in all competitions since moving to Loftus Road at the start of the season following the expiration of his Manchester United contract. He has endured a torrid time in West London, and his last game came in the FA Cup third round defeat to Sheffield United at the beginning of January. The veteran ex-England international has failed to even make the squad for three of the last four Premier League fixtures.

However, as reported by the Standard, Ferdinand is set for a recall by interim boss Chris Ramsey, and he is preparing to play a big role in the second half of the season, with fixtures proving to become increasingly important with each passing week.

As outlined by the same report, it is still unlikely that Ferdinand will change his decision to retire at the end of the season.

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch