QPR lose Samba Diakite to African Cup of Nations
QPR have received a blow with the news that Samba Diakite has been called up by Mali for the African Cup of Nations.
Last Updated: 31/12/12 5:46pm
The defensive midfielder is expected to join up with his international team-mates on January 5.
He could be out until mid-February should the Eagles reach the final.
Diakite's absence will be a big blow to QPR, who are eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.
The 23-year-old's call-up follows better news in regards to Adel Taarabt, who was left out of the Morocco squad last week.