Injured QPR men could return against City

QPR are hopeful Joey Barton and Nedum Onuoha will be fit to return to action against their former club Manchester City a week on Saturday.

Jordon Mutch could also be available when the champions visit Loftus Road. All three players have been struggling with hamstring problems.

Having initially been confident Onuoha would make a swift return, Rangers have admitted defeat in their battle to get him fit for this weekend’s west London derby at Chelsea.

Onuoha was a popular figure at City.
Onuoha was a popular figure at City.

But he is expected to return to training early next week, while Barton also appears to be close to recovering.

“The lads are still injured who were injured before. There’s no-one who is fit this week that wasn’t,” Rangers boss Harry Redknapp confirmed ahead of the visit to Stamford Bridge.

“Next week they should be training with the group again, hopefully on Monday, and with a week’s training they should be fit for Man City.”

Barton made 130 league appearances for City before joining Newcastle in 2007.

Defender Onuoha, a lifelong City fan, came through the ranks at the club and joined QPR in January 2012.

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