Sep 15 2012 By Matt Lewis
ANTON Ferdinand is ready to face Chelsea captain John Terry, according to QPR manager Mark Hughes.
Rangers entertain the Blues this afternoon and the match is the first meeting between the clubs since Terry was found not guilty of using a racial slur against Ferdinand last October.
Terry remains the subject of a Football Association investigation over the charges, which he is due to contest at a hearing that will reportedly take place on September 24.
Concerns over whether the duo would participate in the traditional pre-match handshake had led officials from the two clubs to contact the Premier League.
That tradition was scrapped for the previous two encounters between the clubs, however the Premier League has held firm this time and insists the ritual will take place.
Whether all players participate in the handshake is another matter as Ferdinand could yet refuse to accept the gesture that Terry is widely expected to extend to him at Loftus Road.
But despite the difficult circumstances surrounding the clash, Rs boss Hughes has no concerns over Ferdinand’s ability to handle the pressure and is considering him for selction.
He said: “I’m picking people based on their ability and what they can give the team.
"If I thought it [the situation with Terry] was going to affect his performance detrimentally then I would have to make a decision, but I don't sense that.
“I have to watch him on a daily basis and if I thought for one moment that he would struggle to deal with the situation then I would make that decision.”