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QPR lose Diakite to Mali duty

QPR have received a blow with the news that Samba Diakite has been called up to Mali's squad for the African Cup of Nations.

Last Updated: 31/12/12 at 17:46 Post Comment

Samba Diakite: In action for QPR against Aston Villa

Samba Diakite: In action for QPR against Aston Villa

The defensive midfielder is expected to join up with his international team-mates on January 5.

He could be out until mid-February should the Eagles reach the final.

Diakite's absence will be a big blow to QPR, who are eight points adrift of safety at the bottom of the Premier League.

The 23-year-old's call-up follows better news in regards to Adel Taarabt, who was left out of the Morocco squad last week.

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