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QPR midfielder doubt for Blackburn - as Harry ponders changes

Traore touch and go to face Rovers after limping out of Bournemouth loss

Injury worry: Armand Traore limped off against Bournemouth

Harry Redknapp reckons changes at Blackburn tomorrow night will be few and far between - and the back four all but pick themselves.

The QPR manager would love to freshen things up after the disappointing 2-1 defeat to Bournemouth on Saturday, but admits he’s short of replacements.

He would desperately like to give returnee striker Charlie Austin more time on the pitch, but reckoned none of the current sidelined will be ready for Ewood Park.

“We're going to have to change it around, maybe one or two – but we haven't got an awful lot,” he said.

“(Aaron) Hughes is injured, Nedum (Onuoha) is injured, no cover really at centre half. Luke Young came in at Bournemouth for the first time. We'll see today and go again.”

Rangers celebrated a fine equaliser from Armand Traore before the Cherries bagged the winner through Lewis Grabban, but the Rangers Frenchman limped out of the Goldsands Stadium, and is a serious doubt for Rovers.

Harry lamented back to a time earlier in the season when Rangers were top and Austin was netting the winner.

 “Our games were 0-0 and then Charlie would score, we'd win 1-0,” he said.

“We'd be difficulty to beat. When he went (out of the team) we went to Charlton, had 90 percent of the play, got beat in the last minute, couldn't score. That's been the problem.”

It was more bitter than sweet when Redknapp learned of his unwitting part in his own defeat, as scorer of the first Cherries goal, Tommy Elphick revealed.

He said: "Last year at the start Harry was around the place quite a bit when he was out of work.

"Not only him, Kevin Bond as well, when the gaffer first took over he would come in and watch sessions and help the gaffer.”

Redknapp, who lives in nearby Sandbanks, also tutored Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe when he was a teenager at the Goldsands.

“He has helped me no end, although he probably wouldn't know it,” said Howe.

“He was manager when I came here as a schoolboy, I used to watch the first team train and you just pick up things you see, people's body language, their mentality, approach to work.

“And of course he signed me and showed faith in me and stood by me when I was injured. And Kevin gave me my first coaching job and I've been in contact with Harry ever since.

“So although this victory is very sweet for me, it is tinged with a little bit of disappointment for them, because of the way I feel about them both.”

 
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