KAZENGA LuaLua has suffered a double frustration in recent weeks. Sidelined with an ankle injury, he has seen QPR lose six games in succession and slip into a relegation battle with two games of the season remaining.
On loan at Loftus Road from Brighton & Hove Albion until the end of the campaign, the creative 26 year-old had started to produce his best form when he suffered an injury in training at the start of March.
It led to him being out of action for seven weeks before returning as a half-time substitute when the R’s hosted Sheffield Wednesday nine days ago.
“It’s been frustrating for me,” LuaLua told www.qpr.co.uk.
“It was a freak injury in training – I went to cross the ball and twisted my ankle as I did it. I have had big surgery on the ankle before in my career, so we had to be patient and make sure it was fully healed. It was hard.
“I was getting in the team and doing well at the time, so it was frustrating for me. Unfortunately, injuries are part of football and it’s something you have to deal with.”
After an impressive run in February and March during which QPR picked up 16 points from seven games, LuaLua has seen Rangers slide down the Championship table.
“It has been a tough period,” he admitted.
“It is hard for the fans and all the players. Whether you are playing on the pitch or not, it is difficult because all you want is for your team to win.”
LuaLua was introduced at half-time against Brentford on Saturday, where the R’s slipped to a 3-1 defeat.
That scoreline, coupled with results elsewhere, means Ian Holloway’s men know a victory against Nottingham Forest in W12 this weekend will end any possibility of their Championship futures being determined on the final weekend of the campaign.
“I know some people say they don’t look at the league table, but I think we all do – especially at this stage of the season,” LuaLua said.
“And we know that a win on Saturday will make us safe. It is a very important game - we all know this.
“Brentford was not a good game for us, and straight afterwards we were all talking about this weekend’s game. This is so important for us and we are all focused on it.
“We are going to go out there and try to win for the fans. Our fans have been great, they have travelled to support us and it would be really nice if we could win in front of them at Loftus Road.”