- Defender Richard Dunne has been out for eight weeks with knee injury
- Irishman played 81 minutes in 3-3 Under-21 draw with Millwall
- Former Man City and Aston Villa centre-back hopes to be in squad for Chelsea match this weekend
RICHARD Dunne has declared himself available for QPR’s bid to beat the drop after making a return this week from a knee injury.
The Irishman has been sidelined for eight weeks with a medial ligament problem following Rangers Premier League defeat against Southampton on 7th February.
However, the 35-year-old came through 81 minutes of the R’s 3-3 Under-21s draw against Millwall on Tuesday and he hopes to feature again in Chris Ramsey’s plans.
“It is always nice after an injury to just get back playing,” Dunne told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It has been eight weeks since the injury so it was good to get back and hopefully I will be involved with the first team soon.
“The knee was fine. I had to come off with blisters at the end as the pitch was so hard and it was so hot. That was the only reason I didn’t finish the match, the knee felt fine.
“Typically I choose the hottest day of the year so far to come back. It is usually the end of the season you get this weather but at least it is good for the fitness and I’ve got a bit of early practice in.”
INJURY: Dunne injures his knee against Southampton earlier this season
Having initially been ruled out for up to three months Dunne has made a quicker than anticipated return to action in a boost to QPR’s season run in.
“They told me I’d be out for 12-14 weeks,” he continued. “I didn’t need certain injections that I was suppose to need which knocked a bit of time off.
“The rehab has gone really well and the physios have been great with me. It has been hard but to be able to play towards the end of the season makes it all worthwhile.”
Dunne hopes to now be considered for the matchday squad when QPR host Chelsea on Sunday.
He said: “Everyone wants to play all the time; especially in our situation you want to do all you can to help.
“I’m not injured anymore. It is now up to the manager if he thinks I am fit enough and required.
RETURN: Richard Dunne played 81 minutes for QPR's Under-21 side midweek
“The lads are playing really well and hopefully there is no need to change the team but I am available.
“Even if I am not involved on Sunday there are a couple of Under-21 and friendly matches before the West Ham game I’ll hopefully be involved in.”
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