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QPR boss reveals why he left pair on the sidelines

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QPR boss Mark Hughes says he does not regret leaving Bobby Zamora or Joey Barton out of the starting XI against Manchester United, despite their 2-0 reverse at Old Trafford.

Zamora was struggling to be fit due to a virus, while skipper Barton was one booking away from a two match ban.

“Bobby was ill all week and was struggling with the effects of a virus a couple of days ago,” said Hughes.

“I made the decision to ensure he was 100% for Wednesday rather than risk him by giving him an hour against United at 70%, which might have compromised him.

“We couldn’t take the risk with losing Joey for two key games and given the circumstances with Shaun I am reasonably pleased with how those two decisions worked out.”

QPR’s next match is on Wednesday against Swansea at Loftus Road.

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