Return of Alejandro Faurlin and Kieron Dyer from injury a boost for QPR says Mark Hughes


QPR manager Mark Hughes admits the return of Alejandro Faurlin and
Kieron Dyer from long-term injuries has given the west Londoners a huge

Argentinian midfielder Faurlin made his first Hoops appearance since January last night, stepping up his recovering from a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament in the 3-0 Capital One Cup victory over Walsall.

He was joined in midfield for the final 30 minutes by Dyer, who came off the bench to play in his first match since the opening day of last season - much to the delight of Rs boss Hughes.

"It was important we got the job done and I think we approached it in the right way," he said.

"There were some good positives, like getting 90 minutes into Ale Faurlin. That was really important for us and for him.

"I think psychologically he needed to get over that hurdle of completing 90 minutes, which he did very, very well I felt.

"Obviously I saw him before I arrived here and I think he was actually injured the day before I got this role.

"That was a disappointment because I had seen him and had admired him from afar, having seen him through the Championship and in the Premier League as well.

"Not getting that opportunity was a big loss to everybody because he would have certainly made a big impact towards the end of last season.

"We certainly missed his guile on occasions. It was a really good performance from him so we're all delighted for him.

"It has been a long road back but he has done everything with great professionalism and he is hopefully going to reap the rewards of that work now.

"It was good to see Kieron as well. I thought he gave us energy and gave us a little cameo of what he can offer to us this year.

"I am pleased for him as well because it has been a long 12 months and it has been difficult. Hopefully he is back to somewhere near his best."

Faurlin and Dyer were surprise inclusions for QPR last night - as was Bobby Zamora.

The England international was expected to miss the game after sustaining a gash to the head in the weekend's 1-1 draw at Norwich.

"When I saw it at the weekend I thought he had no chance, but in fairness to him he wanted to play," Hughes said.

"I think he wanted a little run out with his mate AJ (Andrew Johnson) so I thought I'd give him the opportunity.

"They have not played too often together in a Queens Park Rangers shirt so I thought it was important they did so."

Zamora impressed for QPR as he provided the assist for Shaun Wright-Phillips' opener, before scoring with an exquisite chip to extend their advantage.

Summer signing Jose Bosingwa netted the third of what was a difficult debut for Walsall's Andy Taylor.

The left-back only signed non-contract terms hours before kick-off and endured a baptism of fire at Loftus Road.

"It was a case of being thrown in at the deep end," Taylor told the club's official website,

"That said, it was a great experience and I enjoyed the game, even if I did start to feel it a little bit towards the end.

"It was my first game since the play-off final with Sheffield United.

"I've been training with Walsall for the past couple of weeks but it's been a stop-start pre-season for me.

"The plan is to get some games under my belt here and hopefully impress enough to earn a deal. This is the first time that I've been out of contract."


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