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Sep 7, 2012

Diakite denies depression reports

QPR's Samba Diakite has described reports that he is being treated for depression in France as "ridiculous".

Diakite, 23, travelled back to his native country two weeks ago, leading to suggestions that it was due to a battle with depression.

However, the Mali international said he had been granted compassionate leave to deal with a personal matter and has already resumed training with the London club.

"Frankly, I do not understand why some people start rumours like that,'' Diakite told RMC Sport. "I was a bit tired in the last few days, and my club allowed me to spend three days in Paris.

"But I am not depressed. My club are my employers, and I was in contact with them every day. All of a sudden I wake up this morning, open the newspapers and learn that someone has said that I am depressed. This is ridiculous and disappointing.

"I am currently in London and I have been to training, so this is amazing. It saddens me, because I received calls from concerned members of my family.

"Fortunately I am a strong character, as this could have had serious consequences for someone who is weak. I want to assure my friends and fans of QPR that I will be at training on Monday with the rest of the group, and all is well.''

The midfielder played in the opening two matches of the season but missed Saturday's 3-1 defeat by Manchester City.

QPR manager Mark Hughes announced in a statement, released last Thursday, that Diakite had been given some time off, fuelling speculation about why that had happened.

"We hope he can overcome this very quickly and get back to being the outstanding player that he undoubtedly is,'' Hughes said. "In the meantime, we are giving him the time and help that he needs.''

The PFA offered the player support should he need it. "It's important he is aware we're only a phone call away, no matter what the situation," PFA chairman Clark Carlisle said.

"We have the networks in place to support players when they're going through these difficult times and, as and when he feels like he wants to call on us, we'll be ready to give him all the support we can."

Diakite arrived at Loftus Road on loan from Nancy in January before the transfer was made permanent in June for around £3.5million.

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