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Friday, March 29, 2013
Redknapp baffled by Zamora abuse

ESPN staff

Harry Redknapp has confirmed that Bobby Zamora will be fit to face the wrath of his former club's fans when QPR travel to Fulham on Monday night.

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Zamora, 32, acrimoniously swapped Craven Cottage for Loftus Road in January 2012 after criticising Martin Jol but his time with Rangers has been overshadowed by injury problems and battles against relegation.

However during his spell with the Cottagers he helped them reach the Europa League final and was capped by England but their fans hold a grudge for the manner of his departure to west London rivals QPR.

The striker has returned to first-team action ahead of schedule in recent weeks but Redknapp is confident he can keep helping QPR in their battle against relegation.

"He's fine. He's had that hip problem and then he's come back and had that ankle injury. Then he went to Aston Villa after having the flu all week," Redknapp said. "Thankfully the flu is gone and the ankle is healed, and apart from a dodgy hip, he's in good shape.

"He's important to us as he holds the ball up. Going back to Fulham will be interesting for him. I don't know why he should get stick when you go back to the club where you've done so well.

"I don't know the words for it really. Why do you abuse someone when they're giving you good service? Years ago people used to go back to old clubs and got a standing ovation but now, oh dear, oh lord, what has happened?"

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