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Banned Camp saga almost over

PUBLISHED: 13:11 11 February 2009 | UPDATED: 13:27 24 August 2010

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By Ben Kosky LEE Camp is set to rejoin Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season after patching up his differences with Billy Davies. Camp has reclaimed the QPR goalkeeper s jersey in recent weeks following Radek Cerny s hamstring injury and p

By Ben Kosky

LEE Camp is set to rejoin Nottingham Forest on loan until the end of the season after patching up his differences with Billy Davies.

Camp has reclaimed the QPR goalkeeper's jersey in recent weeks following Radek Cerny's hamstring injury and played against Forest in last Saturday's 2-2 draw.

But that is likely to have been the keeper's last game for Rangers, with Cerny expected to return in time for their next fixture, at home to Ipswich a week on Saturday.

Camp spent a successful three-month loan spell at the City Ground earlier in the season, but his hopes of a permanent move there seemed to have been scuppered when Colin Calderwood was sacked and replaced by Davies.

The Scotsman offloaded Camp during their time together at Derby, allowing him to join QPR on loan and then accepting a £300,000 offer for him once the Rams had gained promotion.

"There is no problem between us and I would have no problems working with him again," Camp insisted. "Some people like to make out a problem exists, but we know it doesn't.

"If Forest want to do something, fantastic. I'm under the impression that they know what to do. It would certainly interest me, but the ball is in Forest's court."

The window for loan transfers reopened earlier this week and Rangers will allow Camp to move on the understanding that Forest buy him at the end of the season.

It brings an end to a baffling saga in which Camp - a consistent performer and popular figure with the Loftus Road crowd throughout his three spells at the club - was frozen out on the orders of co-owner Flavio Briatore.

Briatore instructed sporting director Gianni Paladini to ship Camp out last autumn, even though former manager Iain Dowie stated that he wanted the keeper to challenge Cerny for his place between the posts.

It was made clear to Camp that he would only play for Rangers again in an emergency - and that proved to be the case when the Czech number one strained his hamstring at the end of last month.

Camp politely declined to speak to the local media after his return to the QPR team, fuelling suspicions that the club may have banned him from discussing the circumstances of his fall from grace.

The Rs are themselves in the market for a loan signing to act as back-up to Cerny, with understudy Jake Cole currently injured and Reece Crowther yet to feature in the first team.

n FORMER QPR midfielder Damiano Tommasi has joined Chinese side Tianjin Teda following his brief stay at Loftus Road earlier in the season.


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