Diakite ready to begin QPR career

Samba Diakite will join his new QPR team-mates in Portugal on Wednesday.

The Rangers squad flew out from Gatwick this morning for a break in the sun designed to recharge their batteries ahead of the all-important run-in to the season.

Diakite, 23, has been representing Mali at the Africa Cup of Nations since the club agreed his signing from French side Nancy on an initial loan deal.

With the tournament now over, he is ready to head back to Europe to begin his Premier League career.

Manager Mark Hughes is hoping the defensive midfielder can help a team whose defeat against fellow strugglers Blackburn on Saturday increased their relegation worries.

Related story: Diakite to join QPR squad on overseas trip (9 February)

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