English FA Cup
January 5, 2013
Campbell returns to Rangers ranks
QPR striker DJ Campbell has returned from his loan spell at Ipswich and will feature in tomorrow's FA Cup tie against West Brom.
Midfielder Samba Diakite has departed for African Nations Cup duty with Mali and forward Junior Hoilett is out with a hamstring problem.
Strikers Andrew Johnson (knee) and Bobby Zamora (hip) are sidelined with long-term injuries.
"I've had lots of interest in DJ Campbell. He went out on loan at Ipswich and did great, they loved him,'' he added.
"He played against us for Blackpool when I was at Tottenham and I thought he was a real handful.
"He's back and available this weekend and I'm looking forward to getting him involved. I've always liked him as a player.''
Manager Steve Clarke admits West Brom's "comfortable'' position in the Barclays Premier League means they can give full focus to the FA Cup.
The Baggies are lying in seventh spot in the table despite losing at home to Fulham on New Year's Day, with a 15-point gap between them and the relegation zone.
In contrast, Rangers are battling to survive in the top flight and are still five points adrift of safety.
Clarke said: "The FA Cup is a competition we want to try and do well in. I've enjoyed success as a player and a coach in the FA Cup and I'd like to continue in the same vein.
"We are only involved in three competitions, we went out of the League Cup early, but we'd like to stay in the FA Cup as long as possible.
"I assume QPR's priority will be staying in the Premier League and they had a great result at Chelsea which means they will be a bit more buoyant.
"We are a little more comfortable in the league and are sitting in a reasonable position, one we want to try and improve on in the second half of the season.
"But the FA Cup is a competition we want to do well in.''
Clarke confirmed defenders Jonas Olsson (groin), Steven Reid (ankle) and Goran Popov (hamstring) plus midfielder Claudio Yacob (hamstring) are again ruled out.
He also revealed five other unnamed players were rated doubtful. Midfielder Youssouf Mulumbu will play his final game before linking up with DR Congo for the African Nations Cup.