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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Snippets: Barker Injury Update...Paying to Play at Loftus Road: Football Aid...Ex-QPR Royce, Sent off

Who knew? Best of luck to him.

Chris Barker is already making good progress after undergoing his second hernia operation of the season on Tuesday morning.
The 27-year-old required surgery on the right side in October, and this week he went under the surgeon's knife again in order to cure a similar problem on the left side.
Barker returned to Germany to be treated by top surgeon Ulrika Muschaweck, and is now hoping to be available for the R's next fixture, which is at Cardiff City - his former team - next Tuesday.
"I have had the problem for about a month," Barker revealed to www.qpr.co.uk, "and we've been waiting for this gap in the fixtures to get it dealt with.
"It gives me seven days to recover. In October, I played the full match against Ipswich Town after a ten-day break, so I've got a chance.
"I don't think this hernia was as bad as the last one because I already feel at least a day ahead, in terms of recovery."
Barker, who joined the R's in the summer from the Bluebirds, admits the injury has been difficult to deal with.
"It's like having a constant back ache," he explained. "It's particularly bad the morning after a match, you really feel it then."
Barker played some of his best football for Rangers following his previous operation, but says he still has more to give.
"I'm yet to produce what I am really capable of," he added. "I haven't played at my best yet, and I know I've got more to offer."
The Rangers full-back's first task upon recovering from his latest stint under the surgeon's knife is to win back his place in the side.
New signing Damien Delaney played at left back against Barnsley on Saturday, and Barker acknowledged: "The added competition is good for the Club.
"It brings the best out in players. From my perspective, I want to get back into the team as soon as possible."
"This Club is going places and I want to be a part of it. The players want to be in the Premier League, the Club wants to be in the Premier League, and the fans want to be in the Premier League." QPR

[As noted on QPR Report last week...]

Football's ultimate January Sales are underway giving you the chance to play for QPR.
Football Aid is allowing you the chance to battle it out in our online auction against your fellow Super Hoops fans to snap up one of the few remaining positions in our 2008 game at Loftus Road. Or why not avoid the risk and secure your position using the Buy Now option available on selected places?
Live the Dream and experience the ultimate football experience by bidding online now at www.footballaid.com
Those lucky enough to secure their positions on the team sheet will be given the chance to pull on their team's famous Hooped shirt and play alongside QPR legends in a 90 minute match at Loftus Road.
Alan McDonald and Gary Waddock are just two of the stars who have either managed or played in our previous events and we hope to be able to call on the support of a similar calibre of legends this year.
Football Aid's brand new bidding system features a number of improvements, including our automated "Proxy" bidding system, the option to Buy Now to end an auction early and our much improved Bid Monitoring system.
Bidding began on 16th January and positions will close at regular intervals throughout the six week bidding period, with the first position due to close on 4th February and the last available position closing on 29th February.
So why wait? Visit www.footballaid.com and select your team's page to start bidding now!
Furthermore, you'll be pitching in for a good cause, as funds raised from the event will go to your club's nominated charity and Football Aid's parent charity, Field of Dreams, towards diabetes research, education, and management or community projects.
If you would like to know anything else about this event, you can contact Football Aid directly by e-mail at info@footballaid.com or by phone on 0131 220 5999. QPR

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