QPR manager won’t rush striker recovery

Andy Johnson turned out for QPR's EDS side as he nears his return from injury

Andy Johnson turned out for QPR's EDS side as he nears his return from injury - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Images

Andy Johnson is only training part-time with QPR as the club attempt to ease him back to full fitness after a knee injury.

The Rangers striker missed two months of the season after suffering the injury against Leeds United in late August, returning with substitute appearances in the recent matches against Wigan Athletic and Reading.

The 32-year-old former Everton and Crystal Palace man showed some promising touches in the match against the Royals at the weekend, but Redknapp is adopting a cautious approach.

“He trains a couple of days a week and then another couple he doesn’t train,” said Redknapp. “We have to nurse him through a bit.

“But Charlie [Austin] has been good for us, and with the system that we play that has suited us fine.”

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