KIERON Dyer says he’s ‘delighted’ for team-mate Ale Faurlin, who made his first Premier League start in almost eight months in our weekend defeat at Manchester City.
Faurlin played for 72 minutes in Saturday’s contest against the champions, largely impressing before he was substituted.
And Dyer – who is also on the road to recovery from injury and replaced Faurlin at the Etihad Stadium – told www.qpr.co.uk: “Having your first Premier League game away at Manchester City after eight months out is hard.
“People have also got to realise that it was Ale’s fourth game in ten days. So he was a bit leggy and he was probably playing against the most in-form midfielder in the world in Yaya Toure.
“Taking all that into consideration, it was a plus and it’s more minutes under his belt.
“I’m obviously delighted for him, because all summer we were together, pulling each other through. It’s good that we’re both coming back into the fold at exactly the same time.”
On the subject of his own fitness, Dyer added: “I’m surprised how sharp I’m feeling, considering I’ve been out a whole season since I last played.
“I felt really great last Tuesday (against Walsall) and I felt really great again on Saturday.
“I’m still not 100 per-cent match fit, but half an hour here and there will push me in the right direction and hopefully I’ll get 90 minutes very soon.”
Rangers now have two weeks until their next league fixture against Chelsea at Loftus Road.
And Dyer said: “I think the international break’s come at a good time now, because we’ve got a lot of new signings and we’re going to have a lot of time on the training pitch to hopefully gel.
“It will be a good time for the gaffer to work out what his strongest eleven is.
“At the moment he’s got a lot of new faces - and with it a lot of selection headaches!”