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REDKNAPP: 'CLEAN BILL OF HEALTH'

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12:50 15th March 2013

by @OfficialQPR

Cesar, Taarabt, Traore and Zamora all set to be available for Villa clash

QPR boss Harry Redknapp has confirmed that he has no fresh injury concerns ahead of tomorrow’s bottom-of-the-table clash at Aston Villa.

Speaking at this morning’s (Friday) pre-match press conference before the trip to Villa Park, Redknapp said that recently sidelined trio Julio Cesar, Adel Taarabt and Armand Traore should all be available for selection.

Redknapp has also told www.qpr.co.uk that Bobby Zamora is fit to play, despite suffering from a virus this week.

“Adel’s okay,” Redknapp explained. “He had an injury last week but he’s trained all this week and is fine. He’s back in the squad.

“Traore’s had a calf strain and we’ll see how he is today. Cesar has trained a couple of days this week and should be fine.

“We’ve got a fairly clean bill of health. One or two have had little niggles but hopefully they’ll be okay.”

Rangers go into Saturday’s clash in the second city knowing that victory could take them within a point of safety in the Premier League, as well as Villa.

“We’ve just got to take it as it comes and be ready for the game,” added Redknapp. “There’ll be a good atmosphere at a great ground. Villa are a massive club.

“We’re ready for it. The lads are in great fettle and we’re ready to go. We know what’s on the line – Premier League football, which everyone at the club desperately wants again next year.

“It’s a big game – a massive one for both teams. We’re both in the relegation battle and it’s going to have an important bearing on the league table.

“It’s not make or break, but a result would certainly help. A win, for both teams, would make a massive difference to how the table would look on Sunday morning.”

Victory would be the R’s third in a row and Redknapp admits wins over Southampton and Sunderland have buoyed his squad.

“The lads are in good spirits,” he continued. “It was a great result [against Sunderland] last week to come from behind and get three goals.

“That’s five goals we’ve scored in two games, which is important for us. We had a spell of being difficult to beat but not scoring, so for us to weigh in with a few goals was good.

“People wrote us off about four weeks ago and said ‘they’re gone, it’s who goes with them’.

“But we’ve put ourselves back in the picture from a situation where we were viewed as no-hopers. Two wins have given us renewed confidence and we’re in good form – two defeats in the last nine league games.

“Now we’re back in there with half a chance.”

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