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  • Polter keen to force his way into QPR starting XI following return from injury
  • German striker marked comeback with a goal against Brentford Under-21’s on Tuesday night
  • Front-man keen to push on and compete with JET for striking berth

SEBASTIAN Polter is determined to force his way into the R’s starting XI following his recent injury lay-off.

Returning to action following a minor hamstring injury, the German front-man marked his return with a goal for QPR Under-21’s in a narrow Premier League Cup defeat against Brentford at Loftus Road on Tuesday night.

Speaking exclusively to at the full-time whistle, Polter said: “It is always nice to score, but I'm not so happy with the result.

“Importantly thought, I played 90 minutes – which was needed after my injury.

“I want to play – and I feel as though I'm nearly 100% ready.”

With Charlie Austin currently sidelined with a hamstring injury, Polter and Jay Emmanuel-Thomas are in direct competition to lead the line for Chris Ramsey’s side – and JET is currently in pole position, having scored twice against Bolton Wanderers on Saturday, the second of which arrived in the 93rd minute in a crazy finale at Loftus Road.

Polter, who has one competitive goal to his name so far this season, is eager to push Emmanuel-Thomas all the way – but at the same time, was delighted for his team-mate last weekend.

“Charlie is obviously out injured, so maybe it's my time, but JET came in on Saturday and scored two goals, so I'm very happy for him – especially as his brilliant second goal won us the match,” he said.

“In football no one wants to get an opportunity through someone else’s injury - but that happens in this game.

“Someone has to step up to the plate and fills the gap. Hopefully I will get my chance and my time will come in the next few games.

“But we are a team – and I am a team player – and that's why I was the first on the pitch to celebrate with JET at the final whistle on Saturday.

“I am happy for every player when we win football matches, because we all want the same thing – for QPR to be successful.”

Paul Hall’s Under-21’s are back in action on Friday against Hull City (1pm kick-off at Harlington) and Polter is ready to step up his fitness levels once again if called upon.

“We have another Under-21 game on Friday, so if I play in that game, it's another opportunity to impress,” he said.

“I will try my best to take any chances that I have. I am a team player, and that's what I do.

“My fitness is not quite 100%, so I need to keep working hard to get to my maximum, but that will come with more hard work on the training pitch.

“I just need to show the manager that I'm a good option for him.”

He added: “It was a tough start for me in England, because it's such a different game over here.

“It's very physical and very demanding, but I am enjoying every moment.

“I see my future here in England and I am confident I will score goals for QPR when I get the opportunities.”

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