QPR boss rules out loan for Rowlands
QPR will not consider sending Martin Rowlands on loan to regain match fitness, despite the club captain’s ongoing shortage of first-team football.
Rowlands has made only seven first-team appearances for Rangers since January 2009 after suffering two cruciate ligament injuries and has been unable to regain his place in the side this season.
The 31-year-old midfielder, who is QPR’s longest-serving player by some distance, has been an unused substitute on several occasions and recently picked up a minor calf injury.
But manager Neil Warnock rejected any suggestion of offering Rowlands a temporary move to rediscover his sharpness – particularly in the light of news that Akos Buzsaky must undergo knee surgery.
“I don’t think so,” said Warnock. “We haven’t got that many midfield players, with Akos being injured. I think there would be others going out on loan before Martin Rowlands.
“He had an injection recently, but he’s done all right training-wise. It’s just that you’ve got to get fit, you’ve got to get into the team and at the moment I don’t think anyone’s done anything wrong.
“In the past he’s probably gone into the team to get fit, but you can’t do that any more – you’ve got to get fit first.”
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With Buzsaky, whose cartilage problem has failed to clear up, likely to be out of action until close to the Christmas period, the QPR boss revealed he plans to re-sign Gavin Mahon on another short-term contract.
Mahon continued to train with Rangers after his previous contract expired at the end of last season and the 32-year-old midfielder was rewarded with a new monthly deal in October.
“Gavin’s done ever so well, he’s a good pro and I’ll probably take him up to January and give him an opportunity. If anything happens to [Shaun] Derry, we haven’t got that much choice,” Warnock observed.
Mahon has been struggling recently with a hamstring problem, but there was better news for Rangers winger Lee Cook, who is finally back in full training and has been earmarked to appear in the reserves’ next friendly.
And Warnock has further strengthened his wide options by bringing in Cypriot winger Georgios Tofas on a free transfer from Anorthosis Famagusta after the 21-year-old caught his eye during a trial period.
Tofas, who can play on either flank, has signed a contract until the end of the season and Warnock added: “I know we don’t desperately need someone in that position, but it’s worth a shout.
“He’s only a youngster, but I love the way he runs at people, takes them on and crosses. He delivers a good ball and we’re taking the opportunity to have a look at him, really, because he’s done ever so well with us.”