QPR manager Chris Ramsey had a mixed bag of player availability news when he met the press on Thursday morning ahead of hosting Newcastle United.
The Rangers boss confirmed that there was no chance of influential midfielder Sandro beinbg able to face United.
The Brazilian missed the six goal thrashing at Manchester City thanks to his permit to play in England having expired. Ramsey said that discussions are continuing with the Home Office but there’d be no solution in time for this weekend, though he could possibly make the final game of the season a week on Sunday.
“The club are still in negotiations with the powers that be and he won’t be available this week but I’m not sure about the game next weekend.”
More good news for Newcastle is that Ramsey has also cast doubt as to whether Bobby Zamora will make it. His partnership with free scoring Charlie Austin has been one of the few positives of the season but the QPR boss says that Zamora is one of those players who are ‘nursing bumps and bruises. A reference to the striker having been patched up to play in recent weeks but with relegation now confirmed, he could be left out now.
On the other hand, Nedum Onuoha looks certain to come back into the team. Once linked with Newcastle (along with the thousands of others), the defender is available again after serving a suspension.
Ramsey will press centre-back Steve Caulker into action even though has a broken hand, with the defender expected to have a painkilling injection before the game.
The QPR Manager saying that the player shouldn’t really play but he owes it to the ‘integrity’ of the Premier League to put the best possible side out against Newcastle.
“He (Steve Caulker) shouldn’t be playing but we have got to protect the integrity of the league, go all the way, and be fair to all in the relegation situation.
“We won’t let them (NUFC) off as we have pride in ourselves, we have got to show our fans that last week was a blip and I’m preparing myself mentally to win.”