Bosingwa forgiven by Redknapp

Leading scorer David Nugent is a doubt for Leicester ahead of

Blackburn’s visit to the King Power Stadium.

Nugent hurt his neck in a challenge with Blackpool defender

Craig Cathcart during Saturday’s goalless draw at Bloomfield Road

and the 14-goal striker will undergo a late fitness test.

On-loan Tottenham striker Harry Kane impressed on his debut

against the Tangerines and he could make his home bow for the Foxes

on Tuesday.

Matty James missed out at the weekend with a knock and the

midfielder looks like being absent once more.

Blackburn team news to follow…

Ahead of the game, Leicester boss Nigel Pearson told reporters:

“Knowing (Blackburn manager) Michael Appleton as I do, he’ll try

and make his teams difficult to beat. I think that’s what we all

try to do in all honesty, but they’ve got some good experience

within their ranks.

“We know it will be a tough game as they’ve had some good

results of late, but as always my main interest is how we play

ourselves.

“I know that if we play to our strengths we’ve got a very good

chance of winning the game.”

The profit was achieved effectively by the sale of Robin van

Persie to Manchester United, allowing the reserves to rise by

?7million.

The figures are for the half year to the end of November

2012.

Arsenal chairman Peter Hill-Wood said: “Our ability to compete

at the top of the game here and in Europe is underpinned by our

financial performance which gives the club strength and

independence.

“Our desire is to make everyone connected with Arsenal proud of

the club. We know that comes through winning trophies but also

through the way we do things and that will remain our constant

guide.”

The financial report states the that “profit on sale of player

registrations amounted to ?42.5million” – down from ?63million in

2011 but still a cause of concern to those fans who believe Arsenal

have not replaced players such as van Persie and before him Cesc

Fabregas by those of similar quality.

Hill-Wood insisted however that was not the case.

He added in a statement: “Let me be quite clear that our

intention is to keep our best players and recruit new talent to

make us stronger.

“Although we were disappointed to see Robin van Persie leave the

club, we have taken steps to secure our best players going forward

and have recently signed Jack Wilshere, Theo Walcott, Kieran Gibbs,

Aaron Ramsey, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Carl Jenkinson to new

long-term contracts.

“During this financial period we also invested ?40.9million in

the acquisition of new players, Lukas Podolski, Santi Cazorla and

Olivier Giroud, and the extension of other player contracts. More

recently we added Nacho Monreal to our ranks from Malaga.”

Hill-Wood said that the Premier League club’s agreement to bring

in financial fair play-style spending controls would help

Arsenal.

He said: “These new rules will be good for us, good for the

Premier League and good for the game as a whole.

“It is important that we maintain the quality and level of

competition if the game is to continue being a compelling spectacle

and we believe the introduction of tighter financial regulation

will assist all clubs to compete while remaining financially

responsible.”

Arsenal’s football turnover dropped from ?113.5million to

?106million as a result of four fewer home fixtures compared to the

same period last year. The report also confirmed an extended

partnership with Emirates which will be worth up to

?150million.

Hill-Wood added: “The Emirates partnership is one of the biggest

sponsorship deals in the game and is an endorsement of the

commercial approach we are taking.”

The 26-year-old, who bagged 25 goals for the Gills on loan from

Norwich in 2010/11, returned to Priestfield at the end of January

on an agreement until the end of the season in a bid to regain his

scoring touch.

But City, short of firepower up front, have now taken the option

to activate a recall clause after 28 days of McDonald’s stay in

Kent having watched him bag four goals in seven appearances for the

League Two promotion chasers.

Gillingham boss Martin Allen told the club’s official website:

“We have just been contacted by Coventry and they have recalled

Cody McDonald.

“I am sure that each and every one of us are very grateful for

the way that Cody has conducted himself on and off the pitch.

“Off the field he has been a model professional. Hard-working,

dedicated and committed to our club.

“On the field he has been honest, hungry and deadly.”

Bernstein paid tribute to the support of the Bradford City fans

despite the League Two side going down 5-0 to winners Swansea at

Wembley in front of a crowd of 82,597.

He also congratulated the Swansea, for whom it was their first

ever major trophy.

Bernstein said: “I had the pleasure of attending the Capital One

final at Wembley Stadium yesterday.

“In the context of all we in football are trying to achieve in

the area of respect and good behaviour it was an outstanding

occasion.

“I would like to congratulate Swansea City FC on their support,

fine performance and excellent victory and both clubs on the level

of sportsmanship shown.

“In particular it was more than pleasing to witness the

fantastic support of the Bradford City fans. Their backing for

their team in adversity was a wonderful example of passion and

loyalty combined with good humour. It was a pleasure to observe.

Very well done to all concerned.”

Redknapp picked Bosingwa for the first time since December 8 at

the weekend, as QPR lost 2-0 to runaway Premier League leaders

Manchester United.

The Champions League winner had been out of favour since before

Christmas after he reportedly stormed out of Loftus Road following

his axing for a home match with Fulham.

Bosingwa was fined two weeks’ wages at the time and Redknapp

continued to overlook the 30-year-old despite his side’s

struggles.

But in the wake of his return at the weekend, when Bosingwa was

a starter, Redknapp confirmed he was now ready to move on as the Rs

battle to beat the drop.

“Jose made a mistake, but it can’t go on forever,” Redknapp told

QPR’s website. “The issue is resolved. He was fined and we’ve all

moved on from it.

“He’s trained hard and is showing the right attitude again.

“There’s no question he can play. He’s good on the ball.”

Redknapp revealed he had been convinced of Bosingwa’s contrition

following the trip to Swansea a fortnight ago.

“I took him with us to Swansea a couple of weeks ago and didn’t

even put him on the bench,” he said.

“I did that to test his attitude and he was fine.”

Despite Bosingwa’s return, QPR remained seven points adrift of

safety as goals from Rafael and Ryan Giggs ensured they went a

sixth league game without success.

While Aston Villa’s defeat at Arsenal meant QPR did not lose any

ground on 17th place, defender Christopher Samba admits their

survival hopes are becoming more unlikely with 11 games

remaining.

“There is a big challenge ahead of us,” he said. “Other results

were good to us, we are still the same number of points behind like

we were before the game.

“I do think there was an improvement in our game on Saturday but

we need to get going.

“Everybody has written us off. This will take the pressure off

us because nobody expects us to do this.

“We are going to go into the next matches, do our thing and if

we can avoid relegation, it will be the greatest achievement.”

Following Saturday’s defeat, Redknapp admitted QPR’s best hope

of staying up rested with strike duo Loic Remy and Bobby

Zamora.

Both have, however, struggled for fitness recently with Remy’s

only goal since his arrival last month coming inside 15 minutes of

his debut at West Ham on January 19.

Since then, QPR have scored once in four league games – a Zamora

consolation in the 4-1 loss at Swansea – and Samba believes they

must start to create more in attack.

“We tried to get going but I think we need to create more

goal-scoring opportunities for ourselves. That was lacking at the

weekend,” said Samba, who saw a header cleared off the line by

United defender Rafael in the first half.

“I came close, but close is not good enough. We have to hit the

target a bit more.

“I know what I can bring to the team on free-kicks and corners

but I wish we could create more from open play. We had few shots on

target.”