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Monday 20 November 2017

Fer close to Rangers return

Leroy Fer needs a late fitness test
Leroy Fer needs a late fitness test

QPR manager Chris Ramsey will make a late decision on whether to risk Leroy Fer for Saturday's crucial match at home to West Ham.

Fer is close to overcoming a knee injury that has kept him out since February, while Yun Suk-young is also available having recovered from concussion.

Richard Dunne is fit again after returning from a knee injury but Rio Ferdinand Eduardo Vargas and Alejandro Faurlin remain sidelined.

Ramsey believes three wins in the last five games will be enough to secure Barclays Premier League survival this season.

Rangers sit second bottom of the table and two points adrift of safety.

Three points looks essential against the Hammers given QPR's next two matches are away to Manchester City and Liverpool, before they finish against Newcastle and Leicester.

"If you win three games you're probably going to stay up," Ramsey said.

"As long as we're above the line come the end of May we'll be happy.

"I just care if we win. I just take care of our own game. If we don't get good results it doesn't matter what the others do.

"We know the enormity of the task ahead but you can only plan and prepare as best you can and what happens, happens.

"We understand there is pressure in these last few games.

"I can't say I don't feel pressure but it depends on how you deal with it."

West Ham will be unable to welcome back any of their injured players.

Sam Allardyce's Hammers have won just once in their last 12 games and are still without James Tomkins (shoulder), Andy Carroll (knee) and Diafra Sakho (thigh).

Meanwhile, a calf injury picked up by full-back Guy Demel has also left Allardyce short of options in defence.

Allardyce wants his players to match the fight shown by the clubs threatened with relegation.

With both Rangers and Burnley coming up against the Hammers in the next week, Allardyce's side could yet have a big say on which teams fall into the Sky Bet Championship at the end of the season.

Having started the season in impressive style, the Hammers now sit 10th and a top-half finish is under threat - with Allardyce issuing a rally cry and using a recent defeat at struggling Leicester as an example of what can happen if his team are not at the races.

"Coming up is QPR away, another local derby, then Burnley at home," he said.

"They are fighting for their lives and we experienced that at Leicester. We played extremely well at Leicester and shouldn't have lost the game but Leicester are fighting for their lives so we have to match the fight that QPR have and Burnley will have here.

"The players have to realise they are not on the beach yet - far from it. The focus should be that we want to finish on a high.

"People think we're having a bad season because our bad run is coming at the end of the season. Finishing the season well gives everyone a high going into the summer.

"We wanted to finish with more points than we've ever managed and we should've achieved that a long time ago.

"After Christmas we were in a good position and we thought we might be able achieve a bit more than that. But we've made life difficult for ourselves."

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