Hip problem still troubling QPR hero Zamora

QPR boss Harry Redknapp says Bobby Zamora is still struggling with the hip condition that has affected the striker in recent seasons.

Zamora, 33 and previously out of favour, was offered a new contract after making himself a hero by winning promotion  for Rangers with a last-minute goal in May’s play-off final against Derby.

He was initially told he was unlikely to play first-team football were he to stay, but he has had a key role in recent matches.

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“He’s still got his hip thing, but he manages it and when he’s played he’s been great,” said Redknapp.

“He’s probably not going to train today. It’s 60, 65 minutes and again he has to come off, but when he’s been on the pitch he’s been outstanding for us. He’s very important for us.

“I’ve reversed it after having a chat with him. I was bringing him off the bench and rather than doing that we’ve started with him lately.

“It’s about how he feels after a Monday. It takes him a few days to recover. But he’s as good at anybody at doing what he does, holding that ball up and bringing people into play.”

Zamora, signed from Fulham in January 2012, was given the captain’s armband for the recent matches against Liverpool and Aston Villa.

“He’s been great for the dressing room in the last couple of weeks when he’s been captain. I couldn’t be more pleased with Bobby,” Redknapp added.

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