ARIEL Borysiuk admitted his time on the sidelines at the start of the season were ‘bad days’ but he was delighted to overcome injury to make his QPR debut in the club’s 2-1 EFL Cup win against Rochdale on Tuesday night.
Borysiuk joined QPR from Legia Warsaw in the summer and was a regular throughout the pre-season fixtures. An ankle injury sustained in training forced him to miss the opening five games of the 2016/17 campaign, however, but that only served to make his debut even more special.
Having only returned to full training on Sunday, the 25 year-old came through 60 minutes against the League One side and put in a hard-working and strong-tackling display.
It was a performance which led to a standing ovation from the Loftus Road crowd when he was replaced with half an hour remaining.
“Finally, finally my first game for QPR!” he said afterwards with a broad grin.
“I couldn’t wait for this after five weeks with injury. It was a very difficult time for me but I worked hard every day.
“They were bad days for me but I could not do anything about this. I worked hard and supported the boys in every game. I had to take it step by step to be ready, and I am already looking forward to the next game now.”
The R’s fans certainly enjoyed Borysiuk’s combative style, and the Polish midfielder said: “The support was great. I was a little bit nervous in the first ten or 15 minutes but this is normal. I need more minutes for my confidence but for my first game, it was not bad.
“What is more important is that we are in the next round.”
QPR came from behind to secure victory courtesy of two goals from Sandro, and Borysiuk, who featured in the centre of the park alongside the Brazilian, admitted: “We needed this win after the last two games and I felt we deserved it.
“After a tough first 15 minutes I felt we took control of the game.”
The R’s fans will certainly enjoy Borysiuk’s hard-tackling style, and he admits it is a side of the game that he likes.
“Yes, this is my strong side,” he said. “I don’t know what more to say about this – this is just what I do!”
Next up for QPR is Saturday’s trip to Wigan. Despite only returning to full training four days ago, Borysiuk is keen to get his first taste of league football with the R’s.
“I feel great and I am ready for the next game,” he said. “I am available for Saturday, of course! We need to win at the weekend after the last two league games and I believe that we can.”