Harry Redknapp has admitted he may include Adel Taarabt in Queens Park Rangers’ squad when they face Chelsea on Saturday.
The statement marks a remarkable turnaround after a turbulent period for both involved. The QPR manager got involved in a very public spat with his midfielder, claiming he “was three stone overweight.”
Redknapp vs Taarabt
This prompted Taarabt to pose topless in the Daily Mail to counter his manager’s claims. After QPR chairman Tony Fernandes intervened in the embarrassing row, the two have clearly cleared the air leading the way for a possible recall this weekend.
The pair have endured a troubled past, with the midfielder frequently overlooked by Redknapp during their days with Tottenham Hotspur. On numerous occasions Taarabt was quoted in various newspapers saying that he regretted the decision to join the club and that he wished he had joined their North London rivals Arsenal.
However, Redknapp’s latest comments suggest that relations between the two are improving.
“Adel admitted he needs to get fitter and work harder and he’s told me he’s going to do that. That’s all I want,” Redknapp said, according to The Independent.
“He might be involved this weekend. I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the squad.”
“He might be involved this weekend. I wouldn’t hesitate to put him in the squad”
Meanwhile, the QPR manager is still without midfielder Joey Barton, Jordan Mutch and defenders Clint Hill and Nedum Onuoha. The former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand is also unavailable to the club.
This weekend's match against Chelsea marks the first of a three game ban meted out to the defender by the FA, after Ferdinand made a controversial remark on Twitter.