Hall edges closer to first team return

GRANT Hall says he needs a few more Under-23 matches before he can be considered for a first team return.

The QPR defender has been out of action since picking up a knee injury during pre-season at the start of July.

He made his comeback in Monday’s 1-0 Under-23s win against Coventry City, completing 45 minutes at Loftus Road.

But the 25-year-old believes he still needs more match fitness before making himself available for Ian Holloway’s side.

“I’m taking each day as it comes at the moment,” Hall told www.qpr.co.uk.

“I’m on a tailored training programme and it is just about getting match fitness now for me and when I’m 100% ready I will know.

“I think I’ll probably need a couple of Under-23 games before I can be considered. I’ve only just played 45 minutes, so this is just the start for me.”

Hall’s last outing was against Bromley in the summer before he suffered a knee problem in training.

The former Tottenham trainee has since endured a frustrating spell on the sidelines. However, after undergoing an intensive rehabilitation programme the former Player of the Year is eager to make up for lost time.

“It’s been a frustrating time for me,” he admitted. “It’s been nearly three months now since I’ve been out so it was great to get minutes in the locker against Coventry.

“I’ve been close a few times and that is why it has been so frustrating. I’ve got to that final hurdle and I’ve gone back out on the pitch and it has reacted.

“I went down the route of having three injections to clear out the problem in my knee and it seems to have worked. Touch wood it has done the trick now.

“I don't need any more injections and I’ve completed all my rehab work and had no reaction. I feel really good.”

Monday’s win in W12 saw Paul Hall’s Under-23 side go top of the Professional Development League table and with manager Ian Holloway watching on from the sidelines it was a good opportunity for all to impress.

“It was good to be in a game environment,” said Hall. “I think the boys did well. You can do as much training as you like but it isn't the same as playing a match.

“Coventry were a good side and I thought they moved the ball really well. It was a good test.

“Everyone is trying to prove a point to the manager. The boys playing here are looking to break through and I’m looking to show I can be back in the picture as well.”

I think I’ll probably need a couple of Under-23 games before I can be considered.

Grant Hall
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