Anton Ferdinand 'can cope' with John Terry rematch
Danny Gabbidon has revealed Anton Ferdinand can't wait to face *Chelsea in 10 days' time and says his Queens Park Rangers team-mate will handle his showdown with John Terry.
Rangers beat MK Dons 1-0 in last night's FA Cup replay to set up a potentially fiery clash against the Blues with Terry set to return to Loftus Road for the first time since he was accused of racially abusing Ferdinand.
The fourth-round tie on January 28 comes just four days before Terry will appear at West London Magistrates Court over the alleged incident during the League meeting between the clubs in October.
Terry denies the allegations but is bound to face a hostile reception from the home fans should Andre Villas-Boas select him.
Ferdinand has been subjected to death threats since the race row flared up but will not hesitate to make himself available for the tie.
Although Gabbidon knows intense interest in the game will make it hard for Ferdinand, he believes his fellow centre-half will rise to the challenge.
Gabbidon said: "Of course he will want to play. He loves his football and wants to play in every game. He will want to go out and show what he can do. When he played against them the last time he was one of the best players on the pitch as we beat them 1-0 and he will want to show that again.
"There is going to be a lot of talk about what happened leading up to the game and it is maybe going to be a little more difficult for him than the rest of us.
"It will be different for Anton because he is the one involved in it but, hopefully, he will have his head on his game and perform well. He has the character to do that and is an experienced player.
"It can be tough at times when everyone is talking about it and your family is getting threats from people. It's not nice but he is a very level-headed guy and will want to let his football do the talking."
Gabbidon confirmed the furore over the case did initially affect the former West Ham defender's form.
He said: "When it first happened, the first few games after that he wasn't himself but he realises now he's come back and he will want to put in a good performance.
"We didn't talk about it too much [after it happened]. Everyone knows what went on and we were all a bit shocked by it. You try to get on with things as quickly as possible and you don't want to keep bringing it up too much to him. We were all upset for him but we tried to move on quickly."
Gabbidon, whose first goal for seven years was enough to beat the MK Dons, insists QPR's match against Wigan in the Premier League on Saturday is more of a priority than winning against their west London rivals. He said: "I don't really want to think about Chelsea too much because we have a massive game against Wigan first."
Meanwhile, Mark Hughes is not sure Alex will complete a £3.5million move despite holding talks with the Chelsea defender. The Rangers boss said: "It's a big decision for him and things have to fall into place to get these kind of players over the line."