Clint Hill remains confident QPR will escape relegation – and believes Djibril Cisse could play a major role in keeping them in the top flight.
Cisse has been serving a four-match ban following a second sending-off since his January move to Loftus Road, but will be available to return for Saturday’s vital derby against Tottenham.
And R’s defender Hill says the Frenchman is eager to make amends for missing a total of seven games through suspension as his team have battled to stay up.
“We’ve got Cisse back in contention and that’s going to almost be like having a new signing for the last four games,” said Hill.
“Hopefully with the chances we do create, someone like him could make the difference. It will be nice to have him back in the squad.
“He’s gutted about missing these games and will be itching to get back and prove people wrong who have been having a go at him.
“He’s proved what he can do at this level. If you give him a chance he can put them away. His record shows he will take them.”
Rangers face a tough run-in, with away games against Chelsea and Manchester City in store after the Spurs clash.
But after victories against Liverpool and Arsenal, they believe they have a strong chance of avoiding the drop.
Hill added: “We’re confident we can get safe but there’s some hard work to do and we’ve got to be ready for it.
“Our form has been crazy this season. I know people are looking at our run-in and saying it’s the hardest and all that, but we seem to have lifted ourselves against the top sides.”