Queens Park Rangers will allow defender Rio Ferdinand to decide when he is ready to make a return to the pitch following the tragic and unexpected death of his wife over the weekend, the Daily Express reports.
The football world united in their sympathy for the former England international and his family, after Rebecca Ellison, 34, passed away following a short battle with breast cancer on Friday night, leaving behind Ferdinand and their three young children.
Both QPR and Liverpool sported black armbands in tribute to Ellison during Saturday’s clash at Anfield.
The former Manchester United skipper has not featured for the west London outfit since the defeat to Tottenham at the beginning of March, but manager Chris Ramsey has said that Ferdinand will not be rushed back, and will instead be welcomed back into the squad when he is ready to face playing again.
“We have humanitarian thoughts towards a stalwart of the game and forget the game,” said Ramsey.
“As a man, he’s outstanding as a person.
“We’ve had no conversation and we’ll let him lead any contact and any decisions that need to be made.”