Mark Hughes: Djibril Cisse could be key in QPR’s battle for survival
Mark Hughes is hopeful Djibril Cisse’s return from suspension can help Queens Park Rangers' bid for Premier League survival
Mark Hughes expects Djibril Cisse’s return from suspension to provide Queens Park Rangers with a massive boost in their bid to avoid relegation.
The 30-year-old was dismissed for violent conduct in QPR’s 2-1 defeat by Wolverhampton Wanderers at Loftus Road in February.
The sending off ruined Cisse’s perfect start to his Rangers career after the Frenchman scored on his debut against Aston Villa – but Hughes is confident the striker will now play a crucial role in helping the London outfit remain in the top flight.
“He’s looked really sharp in training,” said Hughes. “He’s desperate to get back playing again.
“It’s been a long time. He’s very frustrated that he’s missed the games that he has because everyone here would have been delighted to have him playing in those games.
“From what I’ve seen in his approach to his training, and what he’s produced on the training field, I’ve no doubt he’ll make a big impact.
“He could make the difference.”
QPR make the trip to the Reebok Stadium on Saturday looking to avenge Bolton Wanderers’ 4-0 victory at Loftus Road on the opening day of the season.
Hughes’ side are without a win in seven away games, and the 48-year-old admitted it is crucial that QPR start picking up points on a regular basis as they bid to avoid the drop.
“Every game we play now is vitally important,” added Hughes. “It’s crucial we take something out of each game we play.
“Bolton are the home team, and they’ll want to put a performance on for the fans, and make sure their home form is strong and solid.
“We’ve got to try and affect what they want to do in terms of their approach to the game.
“With the creative ability I have in the squad, and the goal threat that we have, I feel we’ll create chances and hopefully put some away.
“It’s never an easy place to go. They’re still a very difficult side to overcome at the Reebok Stadium.
“But if we build on what we produced against Everton, we’ll be very happy because that should be good enough.”