QPR manager Marti Cifuentes is optimistic about his team’s ability to handle the potential absence of Ilias Chair, who might be selected to represent Morocco in the Africa Cup of Nations in January. Chair expressed his hope of being chosen for the tournament despite not being called up since June. Cifuentes, acknowledging the possibility, emphasized the importance of building a team that can perform consistently, regardless of individual player availability.
Chair, a creative midfielder, has been in excellent form under Cifuentes’ management, contributing significantly to QPR’s recent successes. However, if he is selected for the Africa Cup of Nations, he could miss up to five Championship games.
Cifuentes, while jokingly expressing a desire for Chair to remain with QPR, recognizes the player’s potential inclusion due to his consistent performance. The manager stressed the team’s collective focus on the upcoming games and the need to avoid dependency on any single player, emphasizing the goal of building a cohesive team identity and solid performance, regardless of individual absences.
As QPR faces the possibility of key players being called up for international duty, Cifuentes remains committed to cultivating a team ethos that can withstand such challenges and deliver consistent results in the Championship.