Taarabt misses Cup of Nations

QPR will have Adel Taarabt available throughout January after he

was left out of Morocco’s Africa Cup of Nations squad.

Harry Redknapp feared his key midfielder would be called up for

the tournament, which begins on 19 January in South Africa.

But Rangers’ head of media Ian Taylor the omission on his

Twitter page, and when Morocco’s official squad sheet was released

Taarabt’s name was missing.

Taylor wrote: “R’s fans – you sang you wanted him to stay at

Loftus Road, and it appears he is.

“Whatever language you read it in, Taarabt is NOT in the Morocco

squad for the Cup of Nations.”

Taarabt has been linked with a move to Milan, and Redknapp’s

major concern now could be keeping interested clubs at bay during

the January transfer window.

Arsenal’s little-used striker Marouane Chamakh, meanwhile, has

also been left out of a Morocco squad which features Aston Villa’s

Karim El Ahmadi and Liverpool’s Oussama Assaidi.