Dec 23 2010 By Yann Tear
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ALEJANDRO Faurlin should be back for the visit of Swansea City on Boxing Day as QPR bid to recover from successive defeats against Watford and Leeds.
The Argentinian did not travel to Elland Road at the weekend because of flu, but has been back in training.
“He wanted to travel up to Leeds on Saturday morning, but I thought it best for him to stay at home and get right for Swansea,” said boss Neil Warnock.
“He's not 100 per cent yet, but he's been training OK and I think he'll be all right by the weekend.”
Paddy Kenny and Shaun Derry were also a little off colour last week, but are fine again.
Warnock expects to use most of his squad during a hectic holiday spell of four games in nine days and Patrick Agyemang, fit again after a thigh strain, will feature.
The players, who will travel to Coventry City on Monday night ahead of Tuesday's lunchtime game at the Ricoh Arena, are being allowed to spend Christmas Day at home.
“I've trusted them the last few years on Christmas Day to do their own thing,” Warnock said.
“Some would have to spend and hour, two hours travelling in and back for half an hour of training and I'm not a big believer in that. I think they would be better off with their feet up.
“Besides, with the technology we have these days, like heart monitors, our fitness coach would be able to tell if they have been out drinking too much on Christmas Day. They know we can check up on them, put it that way.”
Warnock maintains that what happens in the new two weeks will have a bearing on the January transfer activity.
“You don't really know until that fourth game about what we will need because we might get long-term injuries – anything can happen when you have that many games in such a short space of time.”
Warnock is no fan of the hectic holiday period, but concedes he has no solution to the schedule.
“I am in favour of a winter break, but I'm not sure how they'd do it, if I'm honest. This is the earliest snow we've had for many years and it looks like the winters are going to be like this, so whether they could they pick the right time to stop, I don't know. I don't think they could.
“What is bad is when you don't have a game for two and a half weeks and then four in nine days. For managers and players it's a nightmare.”