Hughes - No Ferdinand concerns
QPR boss Mark Hughes has no concerns over playing Anton Ferdinand against Chelsea despite the recent race row between the two sides.
Last Updated: 18/01/12 9:16am
QPR manager Mark Hughes insists he has no concerns over playing Anton Ferdinand against Chelsea in the FA Cup despite him being central to the recent race row between the two sides.
Hughes enjoyed his first win as Rangers boss on Tuesday night as the Londoners overpowered League One visitors MK Dons to advance to the fourth round of the cup.
That victory sets up a mouth-watering tie against neighbours Chelsea in the last 32 later this month.
The Hoops won the Premier League clash between the sides at Loftus Road, but the match is remembered for allegations that Chelsea's John Terry aimed racial abuse at Rs defender Ferdinand. Terry has always denied the allegations.
Asked whether he had any worries over playing Ferdinand against Chelsea, Hughes replied: "No. Obviously I will speak with all the players leading into the game and get an understanding of where they are in their mind in terms of the mentality that you need to go into that game.
"It is a challenging game and a big test for us, but knowing Anton and having seen him over the years I am quite sure he will want to be involved in that game."