Dec 31 2012 By Jacob Murtagh
QPR could be without Samba Diakite for up to six matches after the midfielder was named in Mali's Africa Cup of Nations squad.
The 23-year-old could miss the games with Spurs, West Ham, Man City, Norwich, Swansea and a potential FA Cup fourth round tie if his country progress to the latter stages of the tournament in South Africa, which gets underway on January 19.
Diakite has failed to hold down a regular place since Harry Redknapp took charge, but started Sunday's defeat to Liverpool before being hauled off just after the hour mark.
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