Belfast Telegraph

Rangers head to Portugal

QPR have taken advantage of their two-week break by flying to the Algarve for a warm-weather training camp.

The Barclays Premier League strugglers do not play this weekend following last month's FA Cup exit and manager Mark Hughes decided to take the squad away for a week.

The club were unable to train at their Harlington headquarters during the cold snap, and Hughes told "We're going to Portugal to get some work done because we're struggling at our training ground."

He added: "We have had to train at the stadium and we need to give that a break.

"It will give us the opportunity to have a couple of sessions a day and have a real understanding of what type of personalities we have and how they react to situations."

The trip to southern Portugal will see Samba Diakite join up with his new team-mates for the first time following the completion of the African Nations Cup.

Diakite, who joined QPR on loan until the end of the season from Nancy, reached the semi-finals of the competition with Mali.


From Belfast Telegraph