Warnock bears no Rovers malice

15 October 2011 12:05
QPR boss Neil Warnock insists he has nothing against Blackburn - just El-Hadji Diouf - after the Jamie Mackie leg break last term.[LNB] Then-Rovers striker Diouf was blasted by Warnock for his reaction to Mackie's injury during the clubs' FA Cup clash at Ewood Park in January.[LNB]Warnock claimed Diouf , who is now a free agent after being released by Rovers, taunted Mackie as he lay injured, prompting the QPR boss to launch his infamous 'sewer rat' verbal attack.[LNB]While he still can not bring himself to say the striker's name, he insists there is no bad blood with Blackburn, who the Hoops meet at Loftus Road on Saturday.[LNB]Warnock told the Daily Star: "(Blackburn boss) Steve (Keen) after the game was super and as I said to him, 'I don't think he'll be long at your club'. And he wasn't long at their club.[LNB]"I don't take anything back about what I said but Blackburn is a very good club. It's a difficult situation with Jamie Mackie but things like that do happen and I don't think there was anything on the day with both sets of players.[LNB]"But there was a situation with the one particular, I don't even want to say his name."[LNB]Mackie is nearing a return to the starting line-up after coming on as a substitute in the 6-0 defeat at Fulham last time.[LNB]He added: "He's absolutely flying and he'd tell you he's available now.[LNB]"We need to be patient with him. It's tempting to throw him in because he works so hard but his time will come."

Source: Team_Talk