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Barbet: I can't wait to be back

Defender Yoann Barbet is chomping at the bit to return to first-team action.

Following injury in October, the left sided defender has missed a large chunk of the season but is hoping to make up for lost time, after making his first appearance in a blue and white hooped shirt on Monday afternoon.

Barbet played 62 minutes for the U23s in a 2-0 win away at Coventry City and the former French U18 international is itching to get back into the first team.

“I have been out for over three months now and it was so good to be back playing," the French defender told www.qpr.co.uk: “I played an hour and thankfully there was no pain or issues at all.

"Back in October, I tore my hamstring and then just as I was about to come back before the Birmingham game in December I tore my calf and the tendon in the muscle. So, in the end, my time out has lasted a lot longer than the month or so I first expected. It was a tough period for me personally but it’s behind me now.

“I have worked hard to make sure that I am fit for the rest of the season and will hopefully play a big part in the team between now and May.”

Despite already making 10 league appearances for the R’s, Barbet admitted it felt weird being back in the squad against Bristol City

He said: “I was on the bench last weekend and it almost felt like I was making my debut again for the club. It was very odd. However, it’s so good to be around the boys again and be fit and available for selection for the upcoming games.

“Whilst I have been out, Conor (Masterson) has come in and done well during a tough period for the team, so now I am back I know I have tough competition for a starting place. I aim to come back and be in the team. There are three fit centre backs and it’s down to the manager to decide who he picks.

"I just want to train as well as I can and we will see what happens. I feel fit, am available for selection and there are 16 games left and I am ready.”

I feel fit and I am available for selection. There are 16 games left and I am ready.

Yoann Barbet