JORDAN Cousins has returned to full training following almost two months on the sidelines with a torn hamstring.
Having missed the second half of last season with a thigh problem, the 23 year-old enjoyed an excellent pre-season campaign before suffering the setback a fortnight before the new season started.
But now the ever-positive midfielder is targeting a first-team return after he resumed full training last week.
“I am back to full training now,” Cousins confirmed. “I trained a full week last week and am doing the same again this week.
“I’m looking to get myself in contention for this weekend, but also for the busy week of fixtures next week.”
The R’s host Burton Albion on Saturday before visiting Barnsley on Tuesday night ahead of our Friday evening fixture against Fulham at Loftus Road.
“Fitness-wise, I feel really good,” Cousins added.
“Obviously it’s going to take a bit of time to get back to full sharpness but now that I’m back to full training I feel I’m getting better and better every day.”
Cousins averaged more than 45 games a season during his three years with Charlton prior to his move to QPR last summer.
However, a mixture of hamstring and thigh trouble have limited him to just 21 appearances in the blue and white hoops.
“It’s been a frustrating time but injuries are part of football,” he said.
“The boys have done really well, and now it’s up to me to get fit, stay fit and try and get myself into the team so I can help them.”
Cousins refuses to allow himself to get too upset by the injury problems he has faced. Despite being desperate to show the R’s fans the form that made him such a favourite at the Valley, he is pragmatic about the situation.
“That’s how I am in life,” he explained. “I never get too up when it’s high and I never get too down when it’s low. I always try to stay on one level. I think that’s the best way to be.”
Cousins has seen Massimo Luongo, Josh Scowen and Luke Freeman build a great understanding in the centre of the park for Rangers, and he is eager to be a part of it.
“They have done great, really well,” he said. “I’ve been impressed with all three of them. They’ve built a good partnership.
“My aim has to be to try and get on that pitch so I can help them and then cement my place in the team.
“I really feel that style of play will suit me because with Scow in there he’s doing a good job and he allows the other lads to get forward and contribute with goals, which is exactly what they’ve done.
“I think it’s a good mix that we have in the midfield.”
QPR have surprised many with the start they have made against much-fancied opposition, and Cosuins says now the team have to carry that on in the coming weeks.
“A lot of people wrote us off at the start of the season but we have done well and now we’ve got to go out there and put in the same level of performances against sides that some people might expect us to beat,” he said.
“For me, I just can’t wait to be involved. I am going to train hard and do all I can to get back in the team.”