Former Man Utd defender can play big role at QPR, insists Redknapp.

The Super Hoops boss Harry Redknapp is convinced Rio Ferdinand has a big part to play at the west London club as they look to climb up the Premier League table.

Queens Park Rangers signed the ex-England captain on a free transfer in the summer after he was released by Manchester United and the 35-year-old has struggled for form since his move to QPR.

But, Redknapp reckons Rio who is back from a three-match suspension can help QPR battle their way out of the relegation zone.

"Absolutely, he can play a big role," Redknapp told talkSPORT.

"Hopefully he is going to be fit. He is going to train and we will assess his fitness. He has not played for a few weeks now. He had the suspension.

"We will have a look at it and see how he is. Rio does not have anything to prove to anybody. He has been a fantastic player for so many years. He is not one that I have to worry about."

Rio Ferdinand who spent 12 years at Manchester United has found it a little tough at QPR but his manager admits his delight to have him at Loftus Road.

"It has been difficult," Redknapp added.

"He has come from a team who win every week to a team who has come out of the Championship and found it difficult. It has been a difficult period.

"He probably was not getting a lot of protection. It was not just Rio, whoever played at the back found it difficult in those early games. We have looked more solid recently. I am delighted to have him here."

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