Fabio keen to put injury woes behind him

Fabio says he is desperate to put his injury troubles behind him and help QPR climb off the bottom of the table.

The Brazilian defender, on loan at Rangers from Manchester United, has not started a match for nearly three months.

It was initially thought he had a straightforward hamstring injury, but it was problem with his lower back which led to a prolonged spell on the sidelines.

A spectator for most of the dismal winless run that resulted in Mark Hughes being axed as R’s boss, Fabio has been a substitute for recent matches and is now training fully again.

“I thought I just had a hamstring problem but actually I had a stress fracture in my back,” Fabio told West London Sport.

“It was difficult for me to be out for such a long time but now I have recovered. It’s much better.

“It has been really frustrating not being able to play while the team’s not been getting results. Now I just want to fight for my place and show I can play.

“I’m sad I couldn’t help Mark. It was not easy not being able to play in games and I wanted to be out there.

“Now Harry Redknapp has come in and he has been great. But it’s up to us to work hard and get the results we need.”

Meanwhile, Rangers expect Stephane Mbia to be passed fit for Saturday’s game against Wigan.

He was stretchered off during the draw with Aston Villa after suffering a neck injury, which is not as serious as initially feared.

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